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.