Joining those who have called upon Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to veto HB 353 is the National Coalition Against Censorship.
A post on the NCAC website says that the Jack Thompson-conceived bill "takes a voluntary effort by manufacturers to provide consumers with information about their products and turns it into a mechanism to deprive minors of their First Amendment rights."
More from the NCAC:
This bill would hold retailers responsible for selling minors material labeled for mature audiences. Sellers of books, movies, video games, and music could be penalized up to $2000 for “violating” age guidelines created voluntarily for informational purposes only.
This bill takes a voluntary effort by manufacturers to provide consumers with information about their products and turns it into a mechanism to deprive minors of their First Amendment rights. By incorporating the private voluntary ratings system, it also constitutes an unlawful delegation of legislative authority to a non-governmental entity…
The bill may result in consumers getting less information. Stores not willing to risk lawsuit or fines for violating age restrictions may simply decide not to display ratings information. The industry as a whole could even consider dispensing with its voluntary rating system if the result is to make retailers vulnerable to lawsuits and judgments.
We urge Governor Huntsman to veto this problematic bill.
UPDATE: The NCAC has written a letter to Gov. Huntsman urging a veto of HB 353.