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Clinton Jumps On Video Game Legislation Bandwagon

14 Jul, 2005 By: Kurt Indvik

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) became the latest politician to target violent and sexually explicit video games with legislation. Clinton announced today she'll introduce a bill that “will put some teeth into video game ratings” by prohibiting the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors that includes a $5,000 penalty for those retailers who fail to enforce the age limits in the current voluntary game ratings system.

Clinton also called upon the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the source of the sexually explicit material that can be unlocked on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game.

VSDA president Bo Andersen said he understood Clinton's concern regarding Grand Theft Auto, but added that she, “undoubtedly knows that her proposal is unconstitutional,” as has been proven in numerous courtrooms already.

“Rather than proposing restrictions that are counterproductive and cannot be sustained legally, Senator Clinton should be working with retailers and the video game industry to educate parents about video game ratings and to encourage parents to utilize those ratings,” Andersen said.

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