Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task Force to Examine The Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth

February 6, 2013 -

It looks like Connecticut Sen. Toni Harp (D-New Haven) and Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-Newtown) are not the only Connecticut lawmakers that proposed bills related to video game violence in the January session. Sen. Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich) and Sen. Andrea Stillman (D-Waterford) teamed up to propose S.B 260, "an Act Concerning The Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth Behavior." The bill calls for the creation of a "task force" that would research and find "any links" between violent video games and violent behavior in young people.

Again, the language of this bill is murky because it does not identify who will take part in this task force, nor what data it will use to determine a definitive conclusion on the rather problematic subject. No doubt they will work all the details out in a committee. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Children.

The full text of the bill can be found below:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EFFECTS OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES ON YOUTH BEHAVIOR.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to create a task force to explore and identify any links between violent video games and violent behavior in youths.

Statement of Purpose:

To create a task force charged with studying the effects of violent video games on youth behavior.

You can find out more about Sen. Scott Frantz here and Sen. Andrea Stillman here.


Comments

Re: Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task ...

How many times have you seen underage kids picking out and M rated game and

parents paying for it at the checkout completely clueless to its content.

Politicians who take up space suddenly seizing on the words of Jack Thompson style

loons shouting "Video Games Cause Mass Murder" just to show the voters that they're

doing their jobs.

Parents don't care what their kids are playing as long as they are out of their hair until

something like Sandy Hook happens and then it's OMG!! How Did This happen??!!.

In the 1950's Congress had investigations on perceived comic book violence and

because of that the industry came out with the draconian Seal of Approval which severely

censored comics. If your comic didn't have the seal stores wouldn't carry it.

Don't think it can't happen to video games in the 21st century. Irrational responses

to complex problems are still around.

Re: Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task ...

Don't you love how all these people create all these different videogame studies AFTER a school shooting occurs. Kinda like the rest of the time they don't give a crap.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task ...

Calling it a "Task Force" makes it sound like a "violent" special forces team. hmmm...

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

Re: Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task ...

Flush

Re: Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task ...

Uh huh... not buying it.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Connecticut State Senators Propose Bill to Create a Task ...

"Task Force" just... gives this wrong feel to me. Like, it's too serious a concept or something.

 
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