Saw this blurb over at GameSpot
According to the Macomb Daily, Michigan’s House of Representatives recently voted 98 to 2 in favor of a bill that fines retailers for selling mature- or adult-only-rated games to minors. According to the bill, sale or rental of an M- or AO-rated game to anyone under 17 years of age can result in a misdemeanor punishable by a 90-day prison sentence, a $1,000 fine, or both. The bill will move into the Michigan Senate for a vote sometime this year.
Once again Michigan leads the way in putting the onus of making parental decisions on its stores instead of on the parents. This legislation will do nothing to stop kids getting their hands on MA rated video games (I don’t even know of an AO rated game) and will probably have the effect of allowing more kids access to these games because parents will become complacent thinking there’s no way their little Jimmy can buy it on his own so they won’t bother to check what their kids are playing.
Though I’m sure it’ll help some folks get reelected due to its warm and fuzzy, it’s-the-right-thing-to-do, feel-good nature.