H.R. 5990 (110th): Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act

May 07, 2008 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Jim Matheson
Representative for Utah's 2nd congressional district
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H.R. 5345 (109th) was a previous version of this bill.

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H.R. 287 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

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Last Action: Jan 15, 2013


This bill was introduced on May 7, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 07, 2008
Referred to Committee May 07, 2008
Full Title

To require ratings label on video games and to prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors.


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6 cosponsors (5D, 1R) (show)

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Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

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Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act - Prohibits shipping or distributing in interstate commerce, selling, or renting a video game the outside packaging of which does not display a label containing an age-based content rating determined by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).
Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to require all retail establishments that sell video games to display information about the ESRB content rating system.
Prohibits any person from selling or renting video games containing the ESRB content rating of : (1) "adults only" to any person under the age of 18; or (2) "mature" to any person under the age of 17.
Treats violations of such requirements and prohibitions as an unfair or deceptive act or practice subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 per violation.

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