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Old 01-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Retarded Missouri Violent Video Game tax

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Representative Diane Franklin (R) has proposed a bill to the Missouri state House for a one-percent sales-tax increase on all games rated Teen and up.

The bill states that the money raised by the proposed tax increase can only be used for "the treatment of mental health conditions associated with exposure to violent video games." However, the bill defines a violent video game as "...a video or computer game that has received a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only." Games may receive a Teen or higher rating for a variety of reasons, not just violence. According to Show-Me Institute political analyst Patrick Ishmael, that could spell problems for Franklin's proposal.

"In other words, teen-rated games like 'The Sims,' 'Dance Central' or 'Guitar Hero' would be included in the tax, even though they're non-violent," Ishmael told Missouri Watchdog, a nonprofit news site. "Clearly, the law is poorly crafted. It's probably unconstitutional anyway since it targets the content of speech." A similar bill in Oklahoma was abandoned after losing a 5-6 subcommittee vote last February.

A representative has told Missouri Watchdog that Franklin is currently revising the bill.
SOURCE - http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...-game-tax.aspx
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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Lol, it's a flimsy law. One politician said as much in the article. There's no way this one would pass until there's a better definition on what games can be taxable and what game's can't.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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My friend and I are going to start a petition on this at our school. We can NOT let this proceed.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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It's probably not going to go anywhere, and if it does, it will be repealed. There are mixed studies as to where violent video games cause violence in children etc. There's a correlation, but mature video games do not cause people to do mature things (violence, drugs, sex, etc). Look at how the similar bill was defeated in Oklahoma. No need to get too uppity about this.
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It's probably not going to go anywhere, and if it does, it will be repealed. There are mixed studies as to where violent video games cause violence in children etc. There's a correlation, but mature video games do not cause people to do mature things (violence, drugs, sex, etc). Look at how the similar bill was defeated in Oklahoma. No need to get too uppity about this.
I agree with your points.

Point is, we need to have logic about these bills. If we grab our torches and pitchforks on every little bill that metions video games, then eventually we're going to look foolish and our voices won't be heard in issues where we should speak up.
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This is just ****ing....I don't even know the word.

Absolutely ridiculous....
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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It's a stupid idea, and everyone can see that. I don't think we're in a dire need to rally together for this one.
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I don't believe that the games cause people to be violent, but I am sick of parents buying these games for their 8 - 12 year olds. Why don't they sort out a law or tax for that instead.
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