On Friday, GamePolitics covered a committee hearing of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
The topic was violent video games and you can see our full report here.
In the video clip at left, a pair State Reps question employees of the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission as to possible alternatives by which violent video games might be targeted.
One suggests that a 5% tax be levied on sales of violent games with proceeds used to fund a parental education program. A second ponders whether state tax incentives could be withheld from companies which create violent games.
The witnesses, however, who participated on a statewide task force which studied violent games, indicate that those ideas might be problematic from a legal sense.
Interestingly, the reps are concerned about a line in the Task Force’s report which says that violent games may have some positive effects. They’d really like to see that line removed. This theme, brought up by Rep. Steve Samuelson (D), will be repeated twice more during the two-hour hearing by other members of the committee.
Overall, the meeting was largely exploratory and action on either the 5% tax idea or the restriction on financial incentives seems unlikely. It is, however, a fascinating glimpse into how state legislative bodies struggle with the violent video game issue.
GP: Sorry for the shaky-cam video. I was shooting from a handheld digital camera.