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Utah game bill halted for now


The Public Utilities and Technology Committee of Utah's House of Representatives placed Rep. Scott Wyatt's video game bill on hold. Wyatt's bill is another in a long list of "games-as-porn" bills, "protecting children from video game violence." The bill has been on shaky ground since Utah's Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he had serious concerns about the constitutionality of the bill, which is similar to others that have been dismissed.

Attorney Jack Thompson, who helped write the bill, is sure to send a press release out soon. Thompson and Attorney General Shurtleff have been butting heads for the last couple of weeks over the constitutionality of the proposed legislation.

For those interested in listening to the committee hearing, there is an audio recording available at GamePolitics. Just to give a basic idea of what's in this bill, it's worth listening to the audio recording. For example, if a child is in the room when an M rated game is being shown it is a "third-degree felony," subject to a fine "of not less than $300" and "not less than 14 days" of incarceration. Yeah, that sounds like a constitutional law.

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