I don't know wtf happened to my blog entry, so here's a shorter, lesser version.
I live in Utah and we've had the pleasure of some JT politics recently.
Bill HB 353, by Jack Thompson
was a poorly written bill that was too broad, and opened up game retailers to frivolous lawsuits. That's not good for anybody, and doesn't protect anybody. It was a ridiculous and careless bill.
The Video Game Voters Network
felt the same way, and started a campaign of letters against the bill. I was proud to be a part of it, and big ups to Dtoid for showing me the VGVN.
There were the typical BS responses from local politicians, but it made a little noise and got into a paper
becuase Morley called the VGVN and it's members, and I quote, "crazies." So he's un unprofessional asshole that can suck it.
Anyway, I thought by now it a lost cause, and was done with; but I just got an e-mail from Ron Bigelow saying that governor John Huntsman vetoed the bill today. I suppose it's true.
I have to say kudos to Huntsman. I don't agree with much of his politics, but he showed some intelligence here. He's rumored to have presidential aspirations, and Utah is a very conservative place; so him pulling this bill that's been presented as child-protecting is gutsy.
So common sense was excersised in the ring of video game politics; a pleasent surprise.