Oklahoma Politician Who Authored Video Game Law is Now ESRB’s Pal

From GamePolitics.com:

We’ll say it again:

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Yesterday, an ESRB press release trumpeted yet another partnership with a state-level politician. This time it is State Senator Glenn Coffee (R) who is teaming up with the video game industry’s content rating board on a parental awareness program.

In partnering with the ESRB Coffee follows in the footsteps of the governor of Washington as well as the attorneys general of Utah, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Idaho.

The fascinating thing about Coffee’s new friendship with the ESRB is that he was one of the sponsors of Oklahoma’s 2006 video game law, a measure bitterly opposed by the industry. Coffee’s version passed the Oklahoma Senate 47-0 enroute to approval by Gov. Brad Henry. The law was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge.

What a difference a year – and a losing court battle – makes. Coffee is quoted in yesterday’s ESRB press release: Read more…

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