Louisiana Hotbed Of Video Game Regulation

Video Game Law Blog

June 20, 2006

A judge of the U.S. District Court in Louisiana has granted a temporary injunction against Louisiana's newest video game law in response to a first amendment challenge by the ESA and EMA. HB1381, which was signed into law on June 16, 2006, sought to treat video games as 'harmful to minors"? using the standard used to judge obscenity. 

Meanwhile, SB340, another bill to regulate video games, has been unanimously passed by the Louisiana House and is expected to be signed into law by the Governor. Unlike HB1381, it enjoys the support of entertainment trade groups such as the ESA and the EMA. SB340, which aims to regulate descriptions or depictions of 'illicit sex or sexual immorality"? in video games sold to minors, is silent as to violent video game content. Both bills, however, carry the same potential penalty a fine of up to $2,000 and up to a year in jail.

Yet another bill to regulate video games – HB254 – is still in the pipeline, currently before the Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee. HB245 mandates that commercial establishments require customers to show ID verifying their age before such customers can purchase video games with an ESRB rating of Mature or Adult Only Content

Coverage at http://shorl.com/dykagradrapovo

Link to temporary injunction of HB1381: http://shorl.com/hujokekemypri