Three bills have been filed by state legislators seeking to limit the role violent video games have on children.

Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, is proposing that arcades and other for-profit businesses prohibit minors from using “violent point-and-shoot video” games.

Rep. DebraLee Hovey, whose district includes Newtown, is proposing a new 10 percent sales tax on video games that are rated “mature.”

The funding would go to “developing informational materials to educate families on the warning signs of video game addiction and antisocial behavior.”

Sen. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, and Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, are proposing a task force be created with the only purpose to study the “effects of violent video games on youth behavior.”

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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