A Utah mom has come out swinging against HB 353. The Jack Thompson-conceived bill, overwhelmingly passed by the Utah House and Senate, is currently just a stroke of Gov. Jon Huntsman's (R) pen away from becoming law.
Misty Fowler (left) is a software developer, mother of two and activist Democrat.
She also pens the politically-oriented Saintless blog.
I didn’t feel like [Utah Senate sponsor Margaret] Dayton [R] and [Utah House sponsor Mike] Morley [R] came out to share details of the bill, but to introduce it with the idea that this isn’t a punitive bill, so that maybe we would all have warm fuzzies about how good this was for our children. Because really, think of the children, will you?...
As a parent, I feel very strongly that it’s my responsibility to my children to educate them about what they can play, and why...
The ESRB is accomplishing what it should... The Utah Legislature seems to be approving of ESRB by trying to enforce it...
I don’t want this law passed. Not because I don’t want to protect children. But, because I think it’s a bogus attempt to regulate the ESRB, and won’t do anything for our children. It will cost local businesses money, and is likely to remove some great tools I have in making decisions about video games as a parent.
Ask Governor Huntsman to veto it.
Fowler also questions the bill, given Jack Thompson's involvement.