senate Bill S3561

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits the sale of certain rated video games to minors

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to consumer protection
Feb 25, 2011 referred to consumer protection

S3561 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง391-r, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S753

S3561 - Summary

Prohibits the sale to minors of certain rated video games containing a rating that reflects content of various degrees of profanity, racist stereotypes or derogatory language, and/or actions toward a specific group of persons.

S3561 - Sponsor Memo

S3561 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3561

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law,  in  relation  to  prohibiting
  sale  of  certain video games to minors containing racist stereotypes,
  derogatory language and/or actions toward specific groups of persons

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
391-r to read as follows:
  S  391-R.  SALE  OF  CERTAIN  VIDEO  GAMES TO MINORS PROHIBITED. 1. NO
PERSON, PARTNERSHIP OR CORPORATION SHALL SELL OR RENT OR OFFER  TO  SELL
OR  RENT  TO  ANY  PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS ANY VIDEO GAME
THAT HAS A RATING CONTAINING  RACIST  STEREOTYPES,  DEROGATORY  LANGUAGE
AND/OR  ACTIONS TOWARD A SPECIFIC GROUP OR GROUPS OF PERSONS. SUCH VIDEO
GAMES MAY CONTAIN, BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO, PROFANE  SLANG,  PROFANE
RELIGIOUS EXCLAMATIONS, OBSCENE SLANG, OBSCENE REFERENCES TO BODY PARTS,
CHARACTER  OR  RELIGIOUS SLURS, PROFANE CHARACTER SLURS, OR RACIAL SLURS
OR VIOLENT BEHAVIOR TOWARD SPECIFIC PERSONS OR GROUPS OF  PERSONS  BASED
UPON RACE.
  2. EVERY PERSON, PARTNERSHIP OR CORPORATION ENGAGED IN THE RETAIL SALE
OR  RENTAL  OF  VIDEO  GAMES  SHALL  STORE  AND DISPLAY SUCH VIDEO GAMES
CONTAINING CONTENTS LISTED IN SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS  SECTION  IN  A
LOCATION  DESIGNATED  FOR  PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN, IN A MANNER
WHICH RESTRICTS ACCESS TO SUCH VIDEO GAMES.
  3. SALE OR RENTAL OF ANY VIDEO GAME THAT CONTAINS ANY CONTENTS  LISTED
IN  SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, SHALL BE MADE ONLY TO AN INDIVIDUAL
WHO DEMONSTRATES, THROUGH (A) A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE  OR  NON-DRIVER'S
IDENTIFICATION  AND  ISSUED  BY  THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES, THE
FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT,  ANY  UNITED  STATES  TERRITORY,  COMMONWEALTH   OR
POSSESSION,  THE  DISTRICT  OF  COLUMBIA,  A STATE GOVERNMENT WITHIN THE
UNITED STATES OR A PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINION OF  CANADA;  OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03620-02-1

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