Missouri Video Game Sin Tax Bill Quietly Withdrawn

You may recall that back in January, Missouri State Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) put forth a bill to levy a one percent sin tax on "violent video games." Apparently not realizing that she lived in a state where raising taxes on anything was considered bad form, she pushed the bill forward in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that occurred in December of 2012. The tax would have applied to games rated Teen, Mature, and Adults Only by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

At the time Franklin said that there was a mental health component to mass school shootings, but never really explained how video games had anything to do with them, nor why she wanted the state of Missouri to tax them. The funds would have been used for mental health programs and law enforcement efforts related to the prevention of mass shootings.

Well it turns out that the bill was quietly withdrawn by Franklin in March, without comment. At least that's what it says about the bill here. Perhaps some of her colleagues dissuaded her from moving forward, or perhaps she realized that it wasn't a very good idea to begin with. Either way, the citizens of the great state of Missouri can be happy in knowing that they won't be paying any extra taxes on their entertainment.

Thanks to BearDogg-X for letting us know about this.


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