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

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.

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