It’s only January, but Illinois Rep. Robert Pritchard (R) already seems like a lock for Clueless Politician of the Year.
Pritchard, who absolved guns and instead blamed violent video games for last February’s shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University, has outdone himself by attempting to amend a video game content law which was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge more than three years ago (i.e. – it no longer exists).
For an ironic humor bonus, the defunct law which Pritchard seeks to amend was originally pushed through by ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who was ousted today by the Illinois State Senate for corruption in office.
Longtime GamePolitics readers will recall that Blagojevich spearheaded his state’s ill-fated attempt to legislate video game content. The big-haired Guv signed the game bill into law in July, 2005, only to have it ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly in December of that year.
No one has given much thought to the Illinois game law since then – except, apparently, for Rep. Pritchard, who inexplicably sought to amend the Blago bill yesterday. Pritchard submitted language designed to shield minors from sexually explicit video games. From Pritchard’s amendment:
Provides that the exhibition to or depiction to a minor of a sexually explicit video game is a petty offense in which a $1,000 fine may be imposed.
Nice sentiment, but embarrassingly bad execution.