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Press Release

May 15, 2006

PTC Renews Call on Oklahoma House Leaders to Pass Violent Video Game Legislation

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2006) -- The Parents Television Council™ called on the leadership of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives to quickly pass the violent video games legislation (HB 3004), which passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.  According to legislative rules, the House must re-vote on the legislation since an amendment was added by the Senate to the original version.


"We call on Reps. Dan Sullivan, Mark Liotta, Dale DeWitt, Jeff Hickman and Todd Hiett, to allow a vote on the violent video games legislation which would ban the sale and rental of violent video games to minors.  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.


"There is no reason why the House should not bring this bill up for a vote again this session since it passed unanimously the last time.  Any Representative who blocks passage of this legislation is siding with the video game industry which continues to shirk its responsibility to families.


"As we've seen time and time again, the video game industry has failed to comply voluntarily as they said they would to ensure that children do not gain access to adult-oriented video games.  Yet studies have repeatedly proven that children have been able to freely purchase these violent video games without providing proof of age.


"We hope the Oklahoma House will vote soon to protect the children of their constituents instead of the multi-billion dollar video game industry," concluded Winter.


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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