Reactions to Utah Veto…

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s dramatic veto of the Jack Thompson-conceived HB 353 has drawn reaction from a variety of quarters:

We support the efforts of the Entertainment Merchants Association and other industry groups in battling this legislation. It was extremely broad and could have fostered ancillary anti-consumer consequences, such as pushing retailers and publishers to stop promoting and using ESRB ratings, which have been extremely effective in educating consumers about game content. Jennifer Mercurio, Director of Government Affairs, Entertainment Consumers Association

A very laudable decision. National Coalition Against Censorship

This is an absolute win for families. Utah’s parents will benefit from Governor Huntsman’s leadership and thoughtfulness on this issue. His decisive action helps caregivers and prevents businesses from being opened to unproductive, wasteful civil litigation and needless expense. Parents can be assured that the strength of the ESRB rating system remains intact and continues to serve as a valuable resource and will continue to effectively serve them. Michael Gallagher, CEO, Entertainment Software Association

EMA and video game retailers are grateful to Governor Huntsman for his courageous veto of this ill-conceived and inappropriate initiative. We are heartened to see an elected leader look beyond the emotion, rhetoric, and distortions surrounding video games and evaluate a proposal on its merits. As we have consistently noted, House Bill 353 would have been counterproductive for the consumers of Utah, because it would likely have led retailers to abandon their commitments to enforce the video game and motion picture ratings at the point of sale. Sean Bersell, VP of Public Affairs, Entertainment Merchants Association

We appreciate Governor Huntsman’s decision to defend the Constitution and protect retailers by vetoing this bill. The bill may have been well intentioned but it would have undermined the video game and movie rating systems and possibly book age recommendations while leaving local businesses with the constant threat of frivolous lawsuits. David Horowitz, Executive Director, Media Coalition

GP: Via e-mail, we’ve asked Utah Eagle Forum boss Gayle Ruzicka for her reaction. We’ve asked HB 353 sponsor Rep. Mike Morley, too. So far, we’ve received no response from either.

(more to follow as we receive them…)

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    Shoehorn Oplenty says:

    I wouldn’t wait up for a response from Gayle Ruzicka Dennis, the time it must take to distill the amount of religion fueled bile she must have accumulated by now into a civil e-mail is not a short period.

    Give it a week or several before they can put their froth-mouthed rage into words.

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    Paulrus says:

    "The bill may have been well intentioned but it would have undermined the video game and movie rating systems and possibly book age recommendations while leaving local businesses with the constant threat of frivolous lawsuits."

    AH-HA! I think I may have found Jack’s dastardly plan.

    I’m an attention whore. So visit my DevaintArt and feed my ego. Feed the whore.

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    TBoneTony says:

    My guesses is that the Eagle Forum will be trying to cause violence in the streets and vandalize all Videogame Retailers in Utah,

    Seriously, the way that woman was talking about the bill and the slander she used to describe GTA IV I would not be surprised if they finally lose their heads and go on a killing spree.


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    Kincyr says:

    Dennis, there’s an error with the ESA’s link, there’s a comma where a period should be

    EDIT: problem fixed, ignore or delete this message

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

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    Krono says:

    To be fair, people usually aren’t quick to comment when they’ve failed this badly. I think this is the first time one of these "video game laws" has been actually vetoed. The rest have all died in committee or in court.

    That kind of embarassment requires some time to think up a proper spin for. Especially when you first need to figure out if you can talk everyone into coming back into session just to override the veto.


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    BearDogg-X says:

    And all his comments got modded down, so they can’t be seen.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

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    Vake Xeacons says:

    What’s important is that Gov. Huntsman needs to know the people are behind him on this. I don’t want him doubting his decision, since the anti-gamers are going to be on him like white on rice. He needs to know he did the right thing.

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    DarkSaber says:

    They are crowing on a bit about something they had very little visible effort in causing.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    PushDustIn says:

    "variety of quarters" isn’t the right phrase to use. These groups are all against censorship in video games, so that means they all ‘live’ in the same quarter. Way to pat yourselves on the back GP/ECA.

    (Not saying that I am for the Utah bill, it’s just that this is the 4th post today about its defeat. I think everyone has gotten the message that the governor vetoed it by now.)

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