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Oklahoma On Cusp Of Rejecting Game Law

And here we go again: another state seeks to pass a game law, the ESA steps in, and a judge levers a block on the bill. Oklahoma is the latest state to walk the beaten path.

Unsurprisingly, a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state's game law from going into effect on November 1. The bill, designed to criminalize the sale of games containing "inappropriate violence" to minors, was signed into law last June, but the ESA immediately followed with a counter-suit. It's a plan of action that's been repeated several times already over the past few years.

Of course, this injunction isn't exactly a final ruling, but it's probable the law will be deemed unconstitutional. There have been 8 previous attempts at similar laws in other states, but in those cases, the court noted the definition of "inappropriate violence" was unconstitutionally vague.

But despite getting rejected at every turn, those pesky lawmakers aren't deterred. Yesterday, a Kansas state representative told the Wichita Eagle about plans to enact his own videogame legislation, if he's reelected next month. And in more legal news, we just recently reported on Bully's court battle, which could be resolved as early as this afternoon.

Well, the merry-go-round may never end.

10/13/2006 Ben Dutka

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