The Escapist reports that Connecticut State Representative Debralee Hovey (R-112th District) has introduced H.B. No. 5735, or "an act establishing a sales tax on certain video games." The bill would add a ten percent tax in Connecticut on video games rated "Mature" by the ESRB, which would then be redirected to the State's department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. And what would they do with the money?
It would be used "to educate families on the warning signs of videogame addiction and antisocial behavior." Here's the full text of the bill, which is pretty short:
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SALES TAX ON CERTAIN VIDEO GAMES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That the general statutes be amended to establish a sales tax on the sale of video games rated "mature" at a rate of ten per cent on the entire sales price and to require the moneys derived from such sales tax be used by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the purpose of developing informational materials to educate families on the warning signs of video game addiction and antisocial behavior.
Statement of Purpose:
To provide funds for education concerning the danger of violent video games.
Hovey represents Newtown and Monroe, Connecticut. You can follow the bill's progress here. If you live in Connecticut and don't want to have to pay an extra 10 percent tax on your next 'M' rated game purchase, then it would probably be a good idea to contact your state representative as soon as possible… Of course, you can also contact Rep. Hovey on her State House web page via a web form.
Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.
Source: The Escapist