Senator Brownsberger testified today before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies in support of S168, a bill he filed to establish a special commission to study the impacts of video games on our society- and to investigate any connection between games simulating killing or battery and actual violence.
You can review the bill’s text and history in its entirety at this link.
The Senator also submitted the following written testimony:
I am writing in favor of S168, Resolve establishing a special commission to investigate video games as a form of media and as a training tool.
S168 would establish a special commission to provide a vehicle for researching and assembling evidence of the impact of video games in our society with a view towards making sure that any legislative proposals are evidence-based. In the wake of tragedies like Newtown, we should be investigating all of our options to make sound policy that may prevent future tragedies.
I hope you will report this bill favorably.
Dr. Michael Rich, the Director of the Center on Media and Child Health, provided an interesting and informed perspective. As reported by State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy, “Rich said it’s worth studying whether exposure to increased violence on television, in movies and through video games makes children more likely to engage in violent or aggressive behavior to resolve conflict in their own lives, not necessarily just the extreme outbursts of violence thay make the news.” You can read more about the Center on Media and Child Health here.
What do you think of this proposal?