Utah Governor vetoes unconstitutional video game bill

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Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. vetoed a bill on Thursday that would increase penalties for retailers who sell violent video games to minors.   The bill would fine retailers up to $2000 for every time they were caught selling a violent video game to a minor after two unpenalized infractions.

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In a statement written after the veto, Huntsman clarified his position.  “While protecting children from inappropriate materials is a laudable goal, the language of this bill is so broad that it likely will be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional.”

The bill gained bipartisan support in the House, so much so that it may be able to override the Governor’s veto.

I don’t really understand bills like this.  To me, they are to appease parents that vote.  Instead, why not make laws that criminalize the parents of students that commit school shootings?  But we can’t possibly blame the parents can we?  It has to be Marilyn Manson, Grand Theft Auto, and all that damn caffeine in a can of Coke.

But it’s pretty unusual for a governor to veto this kind of bill.

RWP Rating: Unusual

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