Adopting a somewhat different approach to that of other states, which have attempted to enact bills that proposed fines for retailers who sell inappropriate games to minors, Minnesota bill HF1298 mandates a $25 civil penalty against anyone underage who purchases a M or AO-rated game.
The bill is seen as novel because it places the responsibility on the minor and makes him/her responsible for having purchased such games. The bill does not, however, seek to criminalize this conduct and offences under this bill would not go on the minor's record.
The bill does nonetheless place certain responsibility in the hands of video game retail outlets, since it makes mandatory the already widespread practice of putting up signs that explain the ESRB rating system to customers.
The bill is set to go into effect on August 1st, 2006 and it is not clear whether the Entertainment Software Association or any other entity will attempt to it challenge constitutionally.