June 19th, 2006

Louisiana's OTHER Video Game Bill Heads to Guv

Suddenly, Louisiana has become a focal point in the political struggle over video games.

Late last week, of course, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco signed HB1381, the Jack Thompson-authored video game bill into law. Quicker than you can say "unconstitutional" the ESA and EMA filed a First Amendment challenge.

But, as previously reported on GamePolitics there is a second video game bill working its way through the legislative process in the Pelican State. SB340, sponsored by Sen. James David Cain (R, seen at left) enjoys the full support of the video game industry.

Why?

Like Maryland's HB707, SB340 bans minors from purchasing games with sexually explicit content. There is no mention of violent game content in the final version of the bill. The industry did not oppose the Maryland law as it essentially mirrors existing obscenity statutes. The same holds true for SB340. It is much the same as blocking a minor from buying a XXX-rated DVD.

As reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Louisiana House passed SB340 95-0 late last week. The bill now goes to Gov. Blanco who is expected to sign it into law today as the current legislative session comes to a close.

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