senate Bill S308

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits the sale of mature and violent video games to minors

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Jan 09, 2013 referred to consumer protection

S308 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2663
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง391-s, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3561, A504
2009-2010: S753, A1474

S308 - Summary

Prohibits the sale to minors of any video game that has a mature or violent rating.

S308 - Sponsor Memo

S308 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   308

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

  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-s to read as follows:
  S 391-S. 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 MATURE OR VIOLENT RATING. SUCH VIDEOS MAY CONTAIN, BUT SHALL
NOT BE LIMITED TO, DEPICTIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF, ADVOCATING OR  GLAMORIZING
COMMISSION  OF A VIOLENT CRIME, SUICIDE, SODOMY, RAPE, INCEST, BESTIALI-
TY, SADOMASOCHISM, ANY FORM OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY IN A VIOLENT CONTEXT,  OR
ADVOCATING  OR  ENCOURAGING  MURDER, VIOLENT RACISM, RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE,
MORBID VIOLENCE OR THE ILLEGAL USE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL.
  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
(B) A VALID PASSPORT ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OR ANY OTHER

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

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