Bill allows parents to sue over sale of graphic video games

Bill allows parents to sue over sale of graphic video games



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that would allow parents to sue a store that claims it will not sell graphic games to children but does so anyway sailed through the House on Tuesday.

Lawmakers say if a store pledges it won't sell violent or sexually explicit games to kids but doesn't keep that vow, it would be considered deceptive advertising. House Bill 353 would let a parent file a civil lawsuit against the retailer.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Morley, R-Spanish Fork, also provides exemptions like protecting stores with employee-training programs and forgiving the first two instances.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday on a vote of 70-2 and now moves to the Senate.

The bill's sponsor says lawmakers have a responsibility to protect children. "It's the right thing to do," Morley told the Deseret News.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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