Taxpayers billed $500K for politicians’ grandstanding

Remember all those state laws trying to regulate the sale of violent video games to minors? The ones that have basically all been found unconstitutional, because they so clearly are? (Minnesota is the latest state to have such a law tossed out.)

It turns out they’re not only stupid, a waste of time, and obvious political grandstanding. They also cost taxpayers a lot of money. IGN reports that Illinois has to pay the Entertainment Software Association more than $500,000 in lawyers fees for the unnecessary legal battle.

For more on why these laws will continue to be found unconstitutional and would be bad ideas even if they were legal, check out my March essay and this related post.

— August 11, 2006

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