The Sacramento Bee laments the big bucks paid out by California to reimburse the video game industry’s legal costs in fighting the state’s 2005 video game law, and wonders if there are more expenses to come.
The video game measure, proposed by State Sen. Leland Yee (D) and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been – so far – held to be unconstitutional by the federal courts. The Bee notes that the tally of California’s payments to the video game industry now exceeds $382,000. That figure does not include the state’s costs for its own legal team.
The crucial question – which must be decided by May 20th – is whether California will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Adam Keigwin, Yee’s chief of staff, commented on the pending decision:
That would be a small price to pay to save children and to give parents a tool. At what cost do you stop doing what you think is right?