Minnesota fights on for game law

State petitions for a second appellate hearing on 2006 fine on minors who buy M-rated or AO-rated games.


In recent years, game-related legislation has been a hot topic, with California, New York, Illinois, and other states all pushing to keep violent or sexually explicit games out of children's hands by rule of law. One of those states was Minnesota, which passed a law that would levy a token $25 fine on minors who purchase games rated M for Mature or AO for Adults Only.

Like many of its counterparts across the country, Minnesota's law was declared unconstitutional in the courts. But nearly two years after a judge initially struck down the law, the state continues to fight for the measure.

GamePolitics today is reporting on the latest twist in the case, the state's petition for a rehearing of its failed appeal on the law. Last month, a panel of three appellate judges determined that they could not overturn the original decision, but they could neither dismiss all of the state's arguments.

The state responded by filing a petition for an en banc hearing on the issue, which if approved would see the same appeal argued before the entire Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals instead of just three of its judges. The Entertainment Software Association has until April 21 to respond to the petition.

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