Michigan Senate Cracks Down on Video Game Sales

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Youth under age 17 could not buy or rent violent or sexually explicit video games under legislation approved overwhelmingly by the state Senate.

The Senate voted Thursday to send four bills to the House aimed at keeping minors away from games that depict graphic death, maiming, criminal sexual conduct and other scenes.

Retailers who sell or rent such games to minors could face up to a year in jail, fines or both.

Federal courts have rejected laws and ordinances passed in other states as unconstitutional on free speech grounds.

But many lawmakers believe Michigan's legislation would hold up in court.