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Illinois Mulling Game Sale Restrictions

30 May, 2005 By: John Latchem

The Illinois State Senate May 19 approved a version of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposal to restrict sales of violent and sexually explicit video games to children.

The measure would require store owners to determine whether a game is inappropriate for someone under 18. Selling these games to a minor could lead to fines, but the senate version eliminated the possibility of jail time.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Deanna Demuzio, denied the measure would interfere with free speech rights.

Other senators, concerned the bill is unconstitutional, said the courts have already overturned such laws. The modified measure returns to the state House for approval.

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