After clearing some parliamentary hurdles in the Oklahoma legislature, HB3004, video game legislation proposed by Rep. Fred Morgan (R) and Sen. Glen Coffee (R) will soon be on its way to Gov. Brad Henry's desk for signature. Henry, pictured at left, is a Democrat.
Both the House and Senate passed the bill unanimously. State Senator Bernest Cain (D) had filed a motion to reconsider the 47-0 vote earlier this week. However, Cain opted not to pursue this option. Technically, the Oklahoma House must approve amendments added by the Senate. The bill sponsor, however - in this case Rep. Morgan - gets to decide when that occurs. A source on the Morgan staff told GamePolitics that the State Rep. would accept the Senate amendment and expected the bill to go straight to the Governor. A member of Coffee's staff concurred with that assessment.
Once the bill arrives on his desk, Gov. Henry will have five days in which to sign it into law. In a story broken by GamePolitics earlier this week, a source in the Governor's office indicated that he most likely would sign the bill.
That, of course, would trigger the inevitable First Amendment challenge by the video game industry.