Minnesota targets minors in new gaming law; ESA to file suit

Ross Miller
R. Miller|06.02.06

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Ross Miller
June 2nd, 2006
In this article: ESRB, HF1298, Laws, Minnesota, Politics
Minnesota targets minors in new gaming law; ESA to file suit
Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty signed into law yesterday bill SF0785, which targets minors attempting to purchase M and AO-rated games. Such persons under the age of 17 (and thus, likely their parents) will be required by law to pay a fine "civil penalty of not more than $25." ESA president Doug Lowenstein has expressed his intentions to file a lawsuit to have the law struck down, citing how "six courts in five years ... have struck down similar laws, ruling that they were unconstitutional."

We doubt the law, which theoretically could see 12-year olds receiving fines, will survive the lawsuit. According to Lowenstein, "to enact 'feel good' bills knowing they're likely to be tossed by the courts is the very height of cynicism." What both sides need to remember, however, is that they share one common principle: that children should not be playing ultra-violent games like Grand Theft Auto.

Call us cynical, but frivolous legislation (and the subsequent lawsuits that strike them down) will be around for a very long time, until lawmakers have another target or ideal they can use to exemplify their "pro-family" platform. Books, dancing, film, rock and roll, television ... video games is just the latest in a long line of entertainment decried as moral decadence.
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