California State Senator Leland Yee (D), the man behind the original legislation that has now made its way to the United States Supreme Court, released a short piece of audio (MP3 here) in which he offers reactions to SCOTUS’ decision to review the law.
Yee termed himself “thrilled” with yesterday’s news, calling it an “affirmation of some of the things that I have been thinking about, working on…”
He called the law a “balanced bill,” saying that “it tries to do what it can to protect and help kids, but at the same time, not trample on our First Amendment.”
Yee on the surprise most felt when hearing that SCOTUS would review the case:
After so many of these bills are coming through, the U.S. Supreme Court is now saying ‘there’s something going on in this country. Individuals are concerned about this and we’ve got to then weigh in and provide some direction for these elected officials.’
Along the way Yee compares the industry-governed ESRB to the “fox guarding the hen house,” and to “having the student pay the teacher to give you the grade.” Yee termed that kind of "conflict of interest" as “unacceptable.”
At the very least, what’s going to happen out of this Supreme Court review is that the Supreme Court will then provide a pathway for not only California, but for other states as to… if you want to move in this particular direction, how do you do it and protect the First Amendment.
Yee believes the law does not violate the First Amendment, since it is narrowly tailored to the subset of only “ultra-violent” games and because it is not an outright ban, just a form of protection for youths.