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Illinois Ordered to Pay $510,000 for Failed Video Game Bill

Filed under: Video Game Politics
Posted by Jeremy on August 14, 2006 10:08 AM
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As Nelson from 'The Simpsons' would say, "Eeehhh, heeehhh". Not long ago, an Illinois bill banning the sale of violent games to kids was ruled unconstitutional. Now, the same federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to pay $510,000 in legal fees to the Entertainment Software Assn., the Video Software Dealers Assn. and the Illinois Retail Merchants Assn. (the people who sued). As satisfying as it is to see a bad law (and the bill's sponsors) get its comeupance, it's actually quite upsetting that a law which everybody knew would be declared unconstitutional was pushed through for political reasons. In addition to the cost to taxpayers in terms of legislators' time and defending the bill in court, they now have to pay half-a-million more. I'd guess the entire bill cost about $1 million. I wonder how many kids the state could have helped with that same million? Jerks.

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