A bill that will most likely be found unconstitutional just passed the Illinois Senate:
The Illinois Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a revamped version of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s plan to ban the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors.
But one lawmaker said the governor’s pet project actually could cost the state money.
The Senate approved the measure 52-5, and now a few changes made on the floor will need to be approved in the House before the bill goes to the governor’s desk.
Under Blagojevich’s plan, businesses and clerks caught selling violent or sexually explicit games to a person younger than 18 would be charged with a petty offense and fined $1,000. Retailers would be required to affix stickers labeled “18” to games depicting “dismemberment, decapitation, disfigurement, maiming, mutilation of body parts or rape.”
The industry’s Entertainment Software Ratings Board already labels games as A for adult, M for mature, T for teen and E for everyone, but those ratings aren’t legally binding. Under this bill, retailers would put the mandated stickers on games rated A or M that fall under the bill’s definition of violence.
Other than the rape, the dismemberment, maiming, mutilation and other stuff pretty accurately describes almost every video game I have bought in the past couple of years.
My gut instinct is to oppose this, but, this does not seem terribly onerous. Discuss.
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For whatever reason, the dismemberment/maiming bit reminded me of one of the best quotes in movie history. From Blazing Saddles:
Hedley Lamarr: Qualifications?
Applicant: Rape, murder, arson, and rape.
Hedley Lamarr: You said rape twice.
Applicant: I like rape.