July 23, 2008
New York governor signs law designed to restrict video games
Building on the 2007 initiative of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, current Governor David Paterson signed into law New York Senate bill s.6401-A. The bill's stated purpose is to "take steps to crack down on video game violence and combat and reduce children's exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games. Excerpt quoted from the bill's sponsor Andrew Lanza's (R-Staten Island) website here.
The law establishes an advisory council to study the effects of violent video games on children, requires a prominent rating system and parental controls.
Some New York citizens are not happy with the bill..."New Yorkers do not need the state judging which video games are appropriate and which aren't," said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman. "Parents, not government committees, should be responsible for making those judgments." Quoted from last paragraph here.
The bill text of New York Senate Bill S.6401-A can be found here. [MD]