The Ohio Senate has okayed a bill that would eliminate internet cafes in the state. It now heads to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure.
There are more than 600 of the businesses in the state. Supporters say eliminating them will cost six to eight thousand people their jobs. They favor regulation instead.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine claims that many of the businesses are fronts for organized crime. Patrons buy cards for phone and internet which include chances to play computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes.
Senator John Eklund generalises that internet cafes are nothing more than illegal gambling operations.
New jersey State Assemblyman Sean Kean has introduced two bills that stem from reports that Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter behind the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn, owned some violent video games, including
games that carried a '17' rating, mature.
Kean's legislation would restrict the sale of video games rated mature or adults only to minors.
Officials in several states have attempted to pass laws that would prohibit the sale of certain video games to minors, but none have succeeded. Citing First Amendment protections.
The first bill proposed by Kean would prohibit retailers from selling video games that are rated mature or adults only to anyone under 18. The second would require the presence of a parent for a minor to purchase a violent video
Any retailer found to be in violation of either bill would be subject to a $10,000 fine for the first offense and up to $20,000 for each subsequent instance; be forced to cover any punitive damages to the minor who purchased the game; and could
be on the receiving end of a cease-and-desist order from the state Attorney General's Office.
Though both of Kean's pending bills are currently backed by a small cadre of Republicans. Assembly members from the other side of the aisle have also taken on the violent video game debate. Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Stender (Union) is
preparing a bill that would ban violent video games from public places such as arcades.