informa
2 min read
article

Utah Senate Dumps ‘Games As Porn’ Bill

Website GamePolitics is reporting that the Utah State Senate has dropped the proposed HB257 bill which would have equated mature rated video games with pornography. The ...
Website GamePolitics is reporting that the Utah State Senate has dropped the proposed HB257 bill which would have equated mature rated video games with pornography. The bill, submitted by Republican David Hogue, attempted to amend an existing law preventing the sale of pornography to minors by categorizing violent video games as obscene. The bill was approved by the Utah House of Representatives by a vote of 56 to 8. In fact, even when Hogue's bill passed its vote in the House of Representatives, it was despite reservations from other Representatives, including fellow Republicans Margaret Dayton and Scott Wyatt. Hogue mentioned video games' alleged connection to school shootings as support for the bill, saying "Would these same kids have done this anyway without watching violent videos? Maybe not." Numerous similar bills in other states have also been defeated for the same reason, although HB257 was perhaps the most openly problematic with regard to the U.S. constitution – with two constitutional law experts from the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment heavily criticizing the bill in an editorial for the Salt Lake City Tribune. Although technically the bill could be revived in a subsequent session of the senate, most observers now believe this is extremely unlikely to happen.

Latest Jobs

Disbelief

Chicago, Illinois
05.10.22
Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
05.12.22
Lead Animation Programmer

Windwalk Games

Austin, Texas
05.16.22
Game Designer

Sucker Punch Productions

Bellevue, Washington
05.10.22
Campaign Director
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more