Utah Lawmakers Determined To Pass Bill Restricting Access To Violent Video Games

Video Game Law Blog

November 17, 2006

Though an earlier bill – HB 257 – classifying violent games as pornography failed to be approved by the Utah legislature in 2006, a new draft bill very similar to HB 257 has been approved by the Judiciary Interim Committee. Whereas HB 257 detailed the criteria classifying a game as having inappropriate violence, however, the new draft bill replaces the descriptions with a line defining a game as inappropriately violent if it 'appeals to the morbid interest of minors in violence."?

Of note, the Committee's approval comes despite warning from the state attorney general that the bill, if challenged, would likely be declared unconstitutional. Similar laws against violent games – such as those enacted in Louisiana, Illinois and California – have been found to be unconstitutional by the courts.

Coverage at http://shorl.com/dipokuhygrala (Gamespot)