California lawmaker unveils new game legislation

Leland Yee's new bill is more straightforward than last year's; it seeks to ban sales of graphically violent games to children under 17.

California assemblyman Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill this week that would make it illegal for retailers in the state to sell or rent violent games to children under 17. In addition, the law would require such games to bear a label that reads, "This game may not be sold to anyone under 17 years of age."

Last year, Yee made his first attempt to control minors' access to violent video games. That bill was defeated by the California Assembly's Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media, and never made it to the assembly floor. Another Yee bill, which mandated prominent retail signs explaining the Entertainment Software Ratings Board's rating system, was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last fall.

News source: GameSpot

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