Louisiana Bill Targeting Sexually Explicit Games Dies in Committee

Louisiana Senate Bill 152 began life as a clone of Jack Thompson’s failed Utah legislation and died quietly this week in the Commerce Committee of the Louisiana House, according to The Old River Road, a blog which tracks Louisiana politics. Although we haven’t yet seen a post about SB 152 at TORR, blogger Charlie Buras dropped us a line via Twitter last night to say the bill expired in committee.

Between birth and death SB 152 was completely reworked by its sponsor, Sen. A.G. Crowe (R). As for Thompson, he was nowhere to be seen in the process. The truth in advertising legal theory advocated by the disbarred Miami attorney quietly morphed into proposed civil sanctions against those who would distribute sexually explicit material to minors. The need for such legislation is not entirely clear, since such conduct is already an offense under Louisiana criminal law.

Although Crowe’s Senate colleagues passed the bill overwhelmingly, House members seemed less impressed. At a hearing earlier this week the bill was diverted to the Commerce Committee.

UPDATE: The Times-Picayune has more details, including word that the Commerce Committee voted 12-2 to kill the bill. The estimated $1.6 million cost to administer the bill didn’t help any. (GP: thanks to longtime reader BearDogg-X for the link!).

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31 comments

  1. Deamian says:

    We haven’t heard from our very own Jackie-boy in a long time methink… What crazy scheme our favorite born-again fool- I mean christian- is up to right now?

  2. Ryno says:

    It’s a drinking game!

    Social! Just for the hell of it.

     

    Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They’ve got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however…

  3. thefremen says:

    I wonder if anyone from NIMF said "my people are dying, we don’t have time to discuss this in committees!" 

  4. Bennett Beeny says:

    He won’t be crying.  He’ll be shouting about how this is really a victory, and telling us how folks like us undermined the process, and complaining about corrupt politicians.  Then he’ll say that this is all part of the plan, and he’ll crow about how feeble we are, and finally he’ll tell us that soon victory will be his!

  5. mdo7 says:

     

     

    Imagining a Emergency news

    This is WCTV 9 Breaking News. Hello everybody, this is Chuck Yager. We have a breaking news. The bill SB 152 which would stop selling sexually-explicit game to minors has been shot down today. This has cause a Hurricane named Hurricane Jackass which was name ealier Hurricane Jacko-whacko.  But Hurricane Jackass sounds much cooler. Let’s head to Dan Lelouch on his Hurricane tracker.

     

    Dan: Thank you Chuck, as you can see the hurricane was formed just after the bill was shot down. It looks like the Hurricane has been intensified since that bill has been destroyed. When it was formed, it was a category 1 then after 4 hours it became a categories 5. It looks like Hurricane Jackass is going to target. We’ve been getting report that fax machines are getting destroyed when this hurricane is formed. It’s expected that it’ll hit the Legislation where the bill was shot down. That area is under Hurricane Warning including New Orleans.  We’re worried this Hurricane is to be stronger then Katrina. But the good news video game industry is save, don’t you think Chuck??

    Chuck: yeah it is, looks like video gamers are happy everywhere. But the sad thing this Hurricane will ravage Lousiana, it’ll sadden gamers everywhere.

     

    mikedo2007  

  6. PHX Corp says:

    Can someone warn the LA legislature of Hurricane Jackass moving from Utah to Lousianna

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  7. Ryno says:

    It’s certainly something he has in common with Jack, though.

     

    Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They’ve got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however…

  8. JDKJ says:

    Nor does the fact that he couldn’t manage to submit his amendments a day in advance of the meeting as required by Committee Rules suggest that he’s a candidate for admission to MENSA. 

  9. JDKJ says:

    Crowe said he was shocked it would take that much to hire more attorneys and investigators to deal with the complaints.

    Because he never thought to read the fiscal cost estimate that is prepared at taxpayer expense for every single piece of pending legislation? Because prior to convincing the poor dumb-fucks in Slidell to vote him into office he was a linoleum tile salesman?

    I wondered why any politician with half a brain would associate themself with Jack Thompson. I wonder no more. Obviously, it’s the half a brain requirement which Crowe failed.  

  10. BearDogg-X says:

    More news on the death of SB 152 here:

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/06/panel_rejects_bill_aimed_at_sa.html

    The committee rejected the bill by a 12 to 2 vote.

    A New Orleans bookstore operator and a movie industry rep spoke out against the bill.

    The best quote from the article:

    Crowe had amendments prepared for the bill to blunt some of the opposition but panel Chairman Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, said they did not arrive 24 hours in advance as committee rules require.

    Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, questioned the $1.6 million cost estimated by legislative fiscal experts.

    Crowe said he was shocked it would take that much to hire more attorneys and investigators to deal with the complaints.

    Tom Lowenburg, co-operator of Octavia Books in New Orleans, said his store sells 15,000 to 20,000 titles a year. He said some books hundreds of pages long may have one picture of nude artwork that could subject him to a complaint.

    "This bill would make our job hell," Lowenburg said. "We don’t think it is constitutional; it makes individuals mini-police in enforcing content. This would put Louisiana way out there. There will be legal costs to the state" when lawsuits are filed.

    Steve Duke, who represents the movie industry, said the industry has worked with the state in the past to keep racy material out of kids’ hands. "Where is the problem that presently exists (to warrant this bill)?" he asked.

    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)

  11. BearDogg-X says:

    This other part in the article probably doesn’t make Crowe any smarter:

    He said the estimate was wrong because the existing staff in the attorney general’s office could probably handle it.

    It’s possible, but it just makes for an added workload plus costs for having to move to different locations(the fiscal notes mentioned having to have an investigator established in each of 9 metro areas in the state)

    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)

  12. Loudspeaker says:

    One would think these knuckleheads would stop listening to some guy who used to be in legal circles and doesn’t even get legislation passed in his home state.

    I for one hope that the voters in these areas take note and vote out any imbicile that listened to someone outside their voting district.  Especially someone who has been disbarred.

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  13. BearDogg-X says:

    That’s a good point about facing different people, as Louisiana elected a new governor(Bobby Jindal) and a new attorney general since then.

    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)

  14. hellfire7885 says:

    Or he deluded himself into believing they forgot the first time, or that he’d be facing different people.

    Makes kme think of duringh is BAR trial when he tried ot have the judge removed from the case, we knew he’d keep doing it until a judge came along that let him do what he wanted.


  15. jedidethfreak says:

    He believes he’s fighting the good fight.  People with those types of delusions will never give up.

     

    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

  16. hellfire7885 says:

    Figured this would happen.

     

    It didn’t work the first time, I’d like to know what i nthe hell made Thompson think it’d work this time.


  17. magic_taco says:

    Heres what you here from me about this….

     

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

     

    Yeah, JT the erectile dysfunction man, you really did, atleast some citizen of the state are glad their tax money isnt a total waste.

     

    Just wait for a few days…Thompson would just usually give us that "I dont give a crap." attitude to dennis,til he’ll start flooding/spamming the louisianna senates email boxes.

    I pity the brave fax machines. 

  18. PHX Corp says:

    What else could happen(If JT decides to make us laugh by creating an incident)

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  19. 1AgainstTheWorld says:

    I’d call this Jack’s greatest success to date.  (Okay it’s less epic than his other failures.  Splitting hairs.)

  20. MaskedPixelante says:

    *Wah-waaaaaaaaaaaaaah*

    Oh well. It’s dead, pack’er up boys.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

  21. PHX Corp says:

    I do not want to hear JT right now(assuming he dropped the Cluster F bomb and Cluster S bomb and other Curse words I will not mention Here) after the Bill’s failure

    Dennis, a little mental note. JT may pull what he did in Utah

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  22. PHX Corp says:

    Such as Gay porn or even funnier than that will get the attention of the US marshalls toward’s JT

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  23. Zerodash says:

    Jack is too busy taking down the entire Utah legislature, "acting against" the AG of Utah, leading the Take Two shareholder revolt, and advising the president on his upcoming "total ban" on videogames to deal with Louisianna right now…

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