BILL NUMBER: S699 REVISED 01/14/09
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting
sale of certain video games to minors
This bill would prevent minors under the age of 18 from purchasing
video games that have a mature or violent rating, and it requires the
purchaser to show a valid form of identification in order to purchase
the game. These games, containing adult images such as morbid
violence, rape, alcohol and illegal drug use, as well as other
malicious acts, are not appropriate for children under 18. This
legislation will regulate the sale of such games.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 adds a new section 391-q to the General Business Law, to
prohibit the sale or rental of video games with a "mature" or
"violent" rating to any individual under the age of 18. It also
requires retailers or rental outlets to request identification from
individuals seeking to buy or rent these products.
Section 2 is a severability clause.
Section 3 establishes an effective date.
Video games containing purely adult images, situations, and scenarios
are far too readily available to children who often purchase these
games without any resistance from sellers. Studies have shown that
younger children who are exposed to games containing morbid violence,
illegal use of drugs and alcohol, violent crime, rape, and suicide are
more likely to partake in these crimes as they mature.
This bill would ban the sale of video games that have been given a
violent or mature rating to minors under the age of 18, and it would
require purchasers of these games to show a valid form of
identification in order to be sold. The bill would take a step towards
preventing our children from being influenced by the glamorization of
violence portrayed in such video games. Video games that include acts
such as violent crime, suicide, sodomy, rape, incest, bestiality,
sadomasochism, racism, religious violence, and the illegal use of
drugs or alcohol will be inaccessible to the most easily influenced
group. Similar legislation has already been introduced in other
states, such as New Jersey, Washington, Hawaii, Florida, and
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-08 - S.3866 Referred to Consumer Protection
2006 - S.2711A Referred to Consumer Protection
2005 - S.7140 Referred to Consumer protection
2004 - S.7140 Referred to Consumer Protection
New Bill- Referred to Consumer Affairs and protection
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it
shall have become a law.