Jack Thompson says yes. GamePolitics has received no confirmation so far from the office of the Florida Governor. Here's a press release that Thompson issued yesterday:
"Miami attorney Jack Thompson, a leading activist against the video game industry, has today been asked by the Office of the Governor of the State of Florida, Jeb Bush, to draft and submit to him and to Florida legislators a bill that will prohibit the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors."
"The Office of Governor Bush has told Thompson that the Governor will sign such a bill if it is placed before him."
"Thompson will submit the proposed bill to the Governor and to appropriate Members of the Florida legislature in the next several days in response to the Governor's request. Florida's legislative committees are already active in anticipation of the commencement of the March 2006 legislative session."
"This news from Governor Bush comes as California Governor Schwarzenegger has in front of him a video game bill. The Governors of both Illinois and Michigan have signed similar video game bills into law recently."
"The fact that the Governor of the nation's fourth largest state wants such a law is very bad news for reckless video game companies like Take-Two/Rockstar, which have assaulted teens for years with their hyper-violent Grand Theft Auto video games."
"Jack Thompson is privileged to respond in the affirmative to Governor Bush's request."
Thompson's assertion raises a few questions, especially since Florida is actively working to encourage video game development in the state. In fact, Gov. Bush is depicted here as a Madden 06 character in a special animation developed by EA's Tiburon Studios for the game's August launch. GamePolitics reported on the red carpet event, as well as on Florida's commitment of tax dollars for a game development degree program at the University of Central Florida.