The lights are on
Representative Diane Franklin (R) has proposed a bill to the
Missouri state House for a one-percent sales-tax increase on all games rated Teen
bill states that the money raised by the proposed tax increase can only be
used for "the treatment of mental
health conditions associated with exposure to violent video games."
However, the bill defines a violent video game as "...a video or computer game that has received a rating from the
Entertainment Software Rating Board of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only." Games may
receive a Teen or higher rating for a variety of reasons, not just violence.
According to Show-Me Institute political analyst Patrick Ishmael, that could
spell problems for Franklin's proposal.
"In other words, teen-rated games like 'The Sims,' 'Dance Central' or 'Guitar Hero' would be included in
the tax, even though they're non-violent," Ishmael told Missouri Watchdog, a
nonprofit news site. "Clearly, the law is poorly crafted. It's probably
unconstitutional anyway since it targets the content of speech." A similar bill
in Oklahoma was abandoned after losing a 5-6 subcommittee vote last February.
A representative has told Missouri Watchdog that Franklin is
currently revising the bill.
[Source: Missouri Watchdog]
Email the author Jeff Marchiafava, or follow on Google+, Twitter, and Game Informer.