The Hartford Courant is reporting that lawmakers in Connecticut are set to hold a public hearing on Tuesday related to several proposed bills to deal with video game violence. A public hearing of the legislature's Children Committee is scheduled for Tuesday to decide on a bill pushed by Sen. Toni Harp (D-New Haven) that would prohibit minors from playing violent games in arcades. The hearing will also address a bill pushed by Sen. Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich) that would create a task force to study the effects of violent video games on Connecticut's youth.
As we previously reported, a third bill proposed by Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-Newtown) would place a 10 percent sin tax on games rated "Mature" by the ESRB. This bill would basically punish adults who buy "M" rated games with a tax which would then be used for studies and to educate parents about games. We can save the tax payers of Connecticut some money on the "educating parents" front by pointing them to ESRB.org. Get educated.
Apparently Sen. Toni Harp's bill is a rehash of a bill he succeeded in getting passed in both house of the Connecticut legislature. The bill was later vetoed by then-governor John Rowland.
We will have more on this story as it develops. If you are a Connecticut residence, contact your state representative and let him or her know that these laws are misguided, reactionary, costs consumers and tax payers their hard earned money, and will do little to curb gun violence in the state.
Thanks to PHX Corp. for the tip.
Source: Hartford Courant