Rep. Mike Morley (R) of the Utah House of Representatieves is apparently getting a lot of e-mail from gamers.
They’re not happy.
Morley, of course is the sponsor of HB 353, the Jack Thompson-conceived video game/movie rating enforcment bill which passed overwhelmingly in both the Utah House and Senate.
The Deseret News reports that "various groups" are e-mailing Morley. The legislator told the newspaper:
I was told that there might be some crazies out there… I actually talked to some of these people who sent me crazy e-mails (from Facebook), and everyone one I talked to, after I explained the bill and asked them to read it, didn’t think that it would do [what various Web sites said it would]…
This is not the end of the world for video-game sales," Morley says. "We are not creating a litigious situation. No one should be concerned.
HB 353 is now before Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), who has 20 days (from March 12th) to sign the bill into law or veto it.
GP: It seems likely that the Guv will sign HB 353 into law. After that, the next move will be up to the ESA (publishers) and EMA (retailers). Will they pursue a federal court solution? That’s unclear at this point because HB 353 is a different kind of animal than previous legislative efforts aimed at video games.