Video game content has suddenly become a hot button issue in the Hoosier State.
Yesterday GamePolitics reported on Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse' plan to introduce age-based game legislation in the 2006 session. Earlier this month U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) joined with Senate colleagues Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman in their proposal for federal video game legislation, the Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA).
Today, WTHR-13 News is reporting that Democratic State Senator Vi Simpson (Bloomington) plans legislation of her own when the Indiana State Senate reconvenes next week.
As has been the case in so many other states, Simpson hopes to prevent minors from purchasing violent or sexually explicit video games. The Senator told WTHR-13 that she became concerned about the content and ratings issue while shopping for games with her seven-year-old grandson.
Indiana itself is no stranger to video game legislation - or the inevitable constitutional challenges that follow. In 2001 a federal court judge struck down an Indianapolis city ordinance restricting violent arcade games.
UPDATE: The Associated Press adds more to this story, most notably a quote from State Sen. Simpson:
"We're not setting ages or changing the ratings, we are asking retail agencies to enforce it. Right now, kids can walk into just about any store and get their hands on a video game in which they can shoot police officers, use drugs, steal cars, rape women or even assassinate a president. That's frightening to say the least."
So... add Senator Simpson to the list of critics who fail to understand that the notorious JFK Reloaded is not - has never been - available in any retail store.