Report: Jay Rockefeller's Video Game Study Bill to Be Re-Introduced Later This Month

January 10, 2013 -

Jay Rockefeller's bill to have the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission conduct a study in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences about the effects of violent video games on America's youth died when the 112th session of Congress ended on January 2. And while that might be good news for the very short term, there's no doubt that the Democratic Senator from West Virginia plans to introduce the exact same bill to the Senate later this month.

"At times like this, we need to take a comprehensive look at all the ways we can keep our kids safe," Sen. Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said at the time. "I have long expressed concern about the impact of the violent content our kids see and interact with every day."

The last version of the bill was introduced on December 17, just three days after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.

If passed, the National Academy of Sciences would have 30 days to begin its study, and then would have 18 months to return a report to Congress.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Polygon


Comments

Re: Report: Jay Rockefeller's Video Game Study Bill to Be ...

Usually chances aren't good for a bill if it's reintroduced after it dies the first time around.  I still don't think it's going to get much traction.  We'll see, though, after these Task Force talks.

Re: Report: Jay Rockefeller's Video Game Study Bill to Be ...

These types of bills are only ever introduced for political capital. They are not designed to go anywhere in Congress. It is like Rep. Baca's game labeling bill. 

Re: Report: Jay Rockefeller's Video Game Study Bill to Be ...

How many studies that prove video games are a non issue do we need before you guys just stop this? Or do we have to wait till your generation completely dies off? =(

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