As we’ve said in the past, the New York legislature has something of an infatuation with video game legislation.
New York, of course, passed a largely symbolic video game law in 2008 and GamePolitics has already reported on two new content-related bills which have been submitted in the current Assembly session.
A third Assembly proposal seeks to warn consumers about the risk of game-induced seizures. A.4004, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D, at left), would require video game retailers to display such warnings. Failure to do so would subject retailers to a $50 fine. From the bill:
Around 1 in every 130 people is diagnosed as having epilepsy, whereas only 1 in every 10,000 have Photosensitivity Epilepsy. Among people with epilepsy, only an estimated 3-5% have seizures triggered by lights or patterns. Photosensitivity Epilepsy most commonly affects children.
This Bill would require that a warning be placed upon every video game warning people of the dangers of Photosensitivity Epilepsy.
Englebright has tried unsuccessfully to pass this legislation since 2001. The bill has been referred to the Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee.