The bill labeled AB1179--proposed by Senator Leland Yee and signed into law by Schwarzenegger in October 2005--was set to go online January 1, 2006. It would have barred retailers from selling games depicting "serious injury to human beings" to minors. Northern California District Judge Ronald Whyte passed an injunction against the bill in 2005, and then killed the legislation for good in a ruling earlier this week, informally referred to as Judgment Day. Whyte found the ruling unconstitutional, saying that the court found video games no more harmful than "violent television or other, movies, internet sites or other free-speech related exposures."
But Schwarzenegger has vowed that the legislation will be back, telling the press that his mission is to protect the children. "The bill I signed would require that violent video games be clearly labeled and not be sold to children under 18 years old. Many of these games are made for adults and choosing games that are appropriate for kids should be a decision made by their parents," said the former movie star. "I will vigorously defend this law and appeal it to the next level."
For those interested in fighting back in support of the judge's ruling, the Video Game Voters Network is providing a link to an email form, allowing users to easily sound off to the Governor.
"Yes, yeah," replied Schwarzenegger in a recorded statement. "How are you? You lack discipline."