Oklahoma Bill Would Tax Violent Video Games
Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller (D-Stilwell) has introduced a bill which would add a one-percent tax on “violent video games,” in order to help childhood obesity and bullying.
The bill, which was written on the twelfth of last month, would use the ESRB scale and only tax games that have a Teen, Mature or Adult rating. Of course, there are plenty of games rated Teen that aren’t considered violent by the ESRB.
Half of the revenue from the tax would be deposited in the “Bulling Prevention Fund,” and the other half into “Childhood Outdoor Education Revolving Fund.”
“Violent video games contribute to some of our societal problems like obesity and bullying, but because they raise a lot of revenue, they can also provide part of the solution,” Fourkiller said.
As gamepolitics points out, lawmakers always try and tax things they feel are more harmful to society than helpful. In the political world, this is called a “sin tax,” and these tax-tactics are used today with products like cigarettes and alcohol, and generally are easy to get bipartisan support.
Back in 2008, a similar bill was introduced to legislature, but never was accepted into law. Hopefully history will repeat itself with the Oak-State.
To read the bill, click here (Word document).