State Rep. Proposes Sales Tax on Violent Video 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.”

Sean M February 07, 2013 at 08:42 PM
This is a perfect example of why the Republicans are in the minority. We do not need more government programs attempting to stop violence. This is another example of growing government for no good reason. This is also unconstitutional. Charge a tax on all games or none at all. This singling out things is also the problem.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
But sean, this fits the narrative, you see. We cannot blame Adam Lanza, no. We need to blame guns and violent video games. We also need to blame gun shop owners, gun manufacturers, the Second Amendment, the First Amendment, free markets, the NRA, and George W. Bush, since I'm sure he has something to do with all this gun violence somehow. Guns are the enemy. Photos with guns should be burned. Gun shops should be taxed into extinction. Gun shows should be protested. Guns should be confiscated and melted down into slag or better yet, given to the DOJ for "Fast and Furious Part 2" under Eric Holder's capable leadership. Let's just give them all to the Mexican drug cartels and let Texas worry about it.
Sean M February 08, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Donald, I have been following your posts. You should just accept what liberals choose for us to do, including the ones in the GOP. They know better than us. We are just from the neanderthal generation and are barely smart enough to tie our own shoes.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 08, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Sean, Me no understand your long words...*grunt*...*scratch*...fetch me my gun. Mayhaps the enlightened and evolved liberals of our Nation can show me mercy, and school me in their highly-vaunted ways of wisdom and fulfillment, so that I can finally achieve positive and society-beneficial status among them? Oh, gee, golly, I hopeIhopeIhope!


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