As GamePolitics reported yesterday, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman vetoed HB 353, the Jack Thompson video game/movie bill that would have targeted retailers who sold M-rated games or R-rated movies to minors.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Mike Morley (R-UT), told the Salt Lake Tribune:
I think it’s simply a result of an e-mail campaign from a lot of gamers that misrepresent the bill and [the governor’s staff] has not studied it closely enough to recognize that is not the case. I think it was crafted very carefully to avoid those issues and I think they’re mistaken.
However, a source close to Utah state politics told GamePolitics yesterday that Gov. Huntsman was the subject of intense lobbying from retailers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Entertainment Software Association mounted a major lobbying campaign as well.
Morley complained to the Deseret News that the Guv didn’t give him a courtesy call before vetoing the bill:
I would have thought that just common courtesy would have been to call me.
Legislators are now deciding whether to pursue an override of the veto.