Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why to GP Reader

As GamePolitics reported last month, Sen. Thomas Duane (D) was the lone member of the New York State Senate to vote against a video game bill that was eventually signed into law by Gov. David Paterson. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Lanza (R) was approved by a 61-1 margin in the New York Senate.

An enterprising GP reader who happens to be a New York resident (and who wishes to remain nameless) wrote to the State Senator regarding his stance on the legislation:

Dear Sen. Duane


…I would like to congratulate you on your lone opposition vote on the above referenced bill… As informed citizens are aware, this law addresses none of the issues associated with video games, redundantly mandates provisions that are already in place such as per product industry ratings and console parental controls, establishes yet another toothless advisory committee, and likely constitutes a violation of the First Amendment…
I welcome government efforts in the form of education for parents, but do not welcome intrusive government efforts to usurp parents’ role as arbiter of their children’s exposure to mass media.
Sen. Duane’s Chief of Staff, Laura Morrison, wrote back:

Dear Mr. [GP reader]:


…Senator Duane shares many of your concerns about S.6401-A.  He recognizes that there is already an effective, voluntary [ESRB] rating system in place… and that parental controls are available on all current video game consoles.  Parents should determine which games their children have access to and the marketplace should decide which games sell and which do not.  


Like you, Senator Duane questions this bill’s constitutionality and points to the fact that similar bills have been struck down in other jurisdictions.  He regrets that he was the lone voice in dissent on this matter.

GP: It’s great to see gamers involving themselves in the political process and even better to see an elected official who writes back with something more than a form letter.

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    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Personally, I can’t blame the GP reader for wishing to remain anonymous. I understand why they would want to. I figure game-bashers like Jack Thompson will start bashing him/her for "allowing makers of violent and/or pornographic material to distribute their products to minors," or some random bullshit like that.



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    TheEdge ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    A Democrat NOT voting in favor of government intervention?!Say it ain’t so!

    Just joking,but this is very weird,nonetheless.

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    Raybees says:

                   the marketplace should decide which games sell and which do not

    What kind of crazy talk is that?!!??!




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    Twin-Skies ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I am reminded of an old countpoint for the "Majority wins!" argument back in my college days:

    "And who was it that yelled ‘Crucify him!’ to Pilate?" An angry mob. Majority wins indeed.

    Good to see that people like Duane are getting elected. A shame that voices of reason like his are getting muffled out by the clattering of the bandwagon.



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