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State Rep. Proposes Tax on Violent Games

Newtown legislator suggests 10 percent tax to fund mental health and addiction education.

State Rep. Debralee Hovey (R-Monroe, Newtown) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to add a 10 percent sales tax to video games rated “mature” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), a rating system wildly used throughout the gaming industry.

According to the bill, HB 5735, the funding raised from the surcharge will be put toward research and education surrounding mental health, addiction and antisocial behavior, specifically, “to provide funds for education concerning the danger of violent video games.”  

The bill comes less than two months after Newtown resident Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, intent on massacring young children and faculty. Lanza was known to have been a fan of first-person shooter video games, particularly realistic, military-style games such as Call of Duty.

Both the House and Senate Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding are currently considering the bill.

A report on GameSpot.com cites similar legislation proposed in Missouri that would levy a 1 percent tax on games rated “teen” through “adult only,” with the funding put toward “treatment of mental health conditions associated with ‘exposure’ to violent video games.”

fairfield newcomer February 08, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Isn't this the same woman who made the comment about former rep Giffords when she visited Newtown? She's trolling for support after her insulting and offensive comment towards Giffords.
fairfield newcomer February 08, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Why not propose a tax on weapons instead of on games, the weapons actually kill. She needs to voted out in the next election.
louis February 08, 2013 at 07:57 PM
As if they need more funding. Its not the violence of the game per se. Actually, we have no idea what causes a reaction in some people, perhaps multiple variables contribute, but what you need is a study into it. Why not call some of the games makers and social scientists in to testify from a point of expertise? The reality is that all the violence in the world either on television or Wii does not compell most people to go and shoot a school of children, much like most of trumbull residents who listen to Ozzy don't go for raw pigeon. Its called false causation, when something appears to make something happen, yet later we learn (as we did with Thomas Jefferson and tomatoes) it had absolutely nothing at all do do with the situation. Certain games can be triggers or control devices such as turning on or off a switch. Not sure why, only the subconscious can truly answer that
Joseph Machnik February 09, 2013 at 04:00 AM
I guess another tax would solve all the problems. How do these people think??

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