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Press Release

April 20, 2006

PTC Calls for Oklahoma Senate to Pass Violent Video Games Bill


LOS ANGELES – The Parents Television Council™, with more than one million members nationwide, called on the Oklahoma Senate bring to vote and approve State Senator Glen Coffee's legislation (HB 3004) that would ban the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. The bill by Oklahoma State Rep. Fred Morgan passed the House unanimously. 


"This bill will protect children from the graphic violence and explicit sex that is common in many video games without infringing on the rights of adults.  Currently, retailers have no legal obligation to curtail the selling of graphic, harmful and violent video games to minors, the parents in Oklahoma want that to change," said Tim Winter, executive director of the PTC.


Winter continued, "Voluntary compliance by the video game industry has been a failure, as studies repeatedly prove that small children are able to freely purchase adult-oriented games without providing proof of age.  In addition, medical research offers overwhelming evidence that these ultra-violent games can cause damage to a child's brain.  We hope the Oklahoma Senate will follow the lead of other states and move quickly to pass this law."


The PTC has intensified its efforts to increase public awareness to the impacts of violent video games and their affects on children.  Working with its 37 chapters across the country, chapter directors have called on local city, county and state lawmakers to make the sale restrictions of violent video games to children a high priority.  Violent video game legislation has passed in Michigan, Illinois and California, and is being considered in many states including Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota as well as at the federal level in Congress.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has over one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.






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