A trickle down effect is one of the game industry’s biggest fears if the Supreme Court does eventually rule in favor of California in Schwarzenegger vs. EMA, and one politician, known for her anti-game legislation attempts in the past, is chomping at the bit for just such an opportunity.
Delaware Representative Helene Keeley (pictured), a Democrat, attempted to introduce legislation in 2006 that would have placed violent videogames under her state’s obscenity statute. Her efforts sailed through the House, but failed to pass the Senate.
More recently, she introduced legislation that would make it mandatory for ESRB ratings to be displayed in retail at the point of sale in addition to barring retailers from selling adult-rated games to minors.
In an article appearing on Delaware Online, Keeley let it be known that if the California law is upheld, she is “prepared to introduce similar legislation” in Delaware. The Rep. added, “I still don't think that it is appropriate for young children to see that amount of violence.”
Keeley was up for reelection on Tuesday, and, unfortunately for the game industry, won handily, beating her Working Families Party challenger Robert Bovell by a reported 3,285-669 margin.