Conn. State Representative Proposes Ten Percent Tax on Mature-Rated Games

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:


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


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    Neeneko says:

    The key word there, unfortunatly, is 'have'.  While we like to mock and blame the politicians, they are only doing what the voters will vote based off of.

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    Conster says:

    This sounds quite interesting. Perhaps they could also put a 10% tax on firearms and use the money to educate families on signs of paranoia and terrorist tendencies, or a 10% tax on fat food and sweets and use the money to educate families on the dangers of obesity, or a 10% tax on gas and use the money to educate families on the dangers of global warming and exhaust gasses, or a 10% tax on tools and use the money to educate families on the dangers of hitting your thumb with a hammer…

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    Thomas Riordan says:

    I'm going to propose a bill placing a 10% tax on stupid with a 25% increase every time said stupid makes me want to slam my head against the wall. I shall submit this to Washington just to see how hard it is to get a reasonable bill to pass.

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    NyuRena says:

    We should charge politicians a tax of 10% of their base salary for every lie, disingenuous statement, or any assertion based on "feelings" and not facts. 

    Those funds would go to educating children that lies and truth or ignorance and knowledge are NOT equivalent.

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    Imautobot says:

    If one had conclusive proof that violent video games resulted in violent acts this might make sense.  Until those studies exist this is just a moronic knee-jerk reaction to a problem that is extremely complex, and likely cannot be isolated to just one environmental problem.

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