H.R. 287: Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act

Introduced:
Jan 15, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
1% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Jim Matheson
Representative for Utah's 4th congressional district
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Jan 15, 2013
Length
3 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5990 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 07, 2008

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 15, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Jan 15, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 15, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

4% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

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

Summary

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Cosponsors
none
Committees

House Energy and Commerce

Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

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Library of Congress Summary

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1/15/2013--Introduced.
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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