MSNBC is reporting that the Washington State Senate has passed a bill which will restrict the sale of videogames to minors. Stores that are found to be selling games that feature "violence against women and the killing of police officers" will be subject to a $500 fine. The bill still has to be signed into law by Governer Gary Locke, but it is expected that he will do so. There is also a new Game Over column on CNN Money about this.
Doug Lowenstein, president of the Interactive Digital Software Association (the gaming industry trade group), denounced the bill, saying, "We feel that government-mandated regulations to limit access to entertainment products are both misguided and unconstitutional. No laws restrict the sale of movies, music or books, even though some of these products may not be suitable for children. There is no basis for treating video games any differently than other forms of popular entertainment."