Rep. Hovey Proposes Sales Tax on Violent Video Games

The legislator, whose district includes part of Newtown, 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 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 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.”

Non-Fiction February 08, 2013 at 06:54 PM
When will Hovey stop embarrassing our community?
mark antinozzi February 08, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Alan, While I hate to disagree with you, please Google "Violence in TV" and you will see study afer study which suports the premise that violence viewed on television or utilized on video games prompts acceptance of such devient behavior, and documented results.
Alan Vaglivelo February 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Mark Antinozzi- discussions of violent video games are clouded by ambiguous definitions, poorly designed research, and the confusion of correlation with causality. What is a violent video game, and how does its violence differ from violence in other media, and from violence as we know in reality? How do consumers of violent video games perceive the violence before them?
jim laguardia February 15, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Why was DLH name NOT part of the roll call of State Representatives at todays March For Change?????
jim laguardia February 15, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Like a few of the speakers said today..... maybe our politicians can be who are afraid to stand up to the pro gun lobby can be partially as courageous as the educators who have their lives protecting their students


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