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The United States Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA) was a bill introduced by Senator Hillary Clinton, and co-sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman, Tim Johnson and Evan Bayh on November 29, 2005. The bill called for a federal mandate enforcement of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings system for video games in order to protect children from inappropriate content.[1]

The FEPA would have imposed fines of $1000 dollars or 100 hours of community service for a first time offense of selling a "Mature" or "Adult-Only" rated video game to a minor, and $5000 or 500 hours for each subsequent offense. The bill also called for a FTC investigation into the ESRB to ascertain whether they have been properly rating games.[2]

Similar bills have been filed in some U.S. states such as Michigan and Illinois, but were ruled to be unconstitutional. (see Patrick R. Byrd, It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Hurt: The Effectiveness Of Proposed Video-Game Legislation On Reducing Violence In Children, at http://www.houstonlawreview.org/archive/downloads/44-2_pdf/5_Byrd.pdf)

This bill did not become law; it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and expired at the end of the 109th session of Congress without further action.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Senators Clinton, Lieberman Announce Federal Legislation to Protect Children from Inappropriate Video Games". http://clinton.senate.gov/news/statements/details.cfm?id=249368&&. Retrieved December 18, 2005.  
  2. ^ GameSpot. "Game-restriction bill submitted to congress". http://www.gamespot.com/news/6141410.html. Retrieved December 18, 2005.  
  3. ^ Govtrack.us. "S. 2126 [109th]: Family Entertainment Protection Act". http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-2126. Retrieved 2007-08-31.  

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