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File Number: 060503
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File Number: 060503 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-290-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: BAN SALE ATARI VIDEO GAME GETTING UP:CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE Introduced: 2/21/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/7/2006
Agenda Date: 3/7/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION BY THE MIAMI-DADE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OPPOSING THE SALE AND RELEASE OF VIDEO GAMES WHICH ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL OR HATEFUL ACTIVITY [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 053530]
Indexes: GRAFFITI
  VIDEO AND FILM
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/7/2006 11A5 Adopted 3/9/2006 P

County Attorney 2/21/2006 Assigned Evan Grob

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/15/2006 2D AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Daron Fitch read the foregoing resolution into the record. Chairwoman Sosa relinquished the Chair to Commissioner Souto and explained her intent of sponsoring the foregoing proposed resolution. She noted the video game entitled “Getting Up: Contents under Pressure” was a game that promoted crime, graffiti and disrespect of law enforcement authorities. She referenced the Children’s Bill of Rights, sponsored by former Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, which encouraged governments to advocate the dignity and worth of children, promote human rights, and facilitate better living standards for children and families. She stated her intent was not to violate a vendor’s rights but to promote the rights of children by endorsing better schools and jobs, rather than more jail facilities. She also stated if Atari Company released the game, the company should establish an anti-graffiti campaign alerting children to their government’s opposition to graffiti and crime. Commissioner Seijas asked to include as an addendum to this resolution, another video game called “Grand Theft Auto” which encouraged violence against Hispanics and Haitians. She asked that staff research the proper name of this video and include it as an amendment. Chairwoman Sosa asked that the proposed resolution include the following language: “any games that encourages children to become criminals.” Commissioner Souto commented on the importance of this proposal and asked that he be added as a co-sponsor. He reminded the Committee of a shopping center where the County successfully acted in closing one store devoted to graffiti and selling drugs. He stated there was always a connection between graffiti and other crimes. Commissioner Jordan asked that the proposed resolution be amended to include the language “any game that encourages children to become criminals or promotes hate.” She also asked that she be added as co-sponsor. The Committee amended the foregoing proposed resolution to include that the Board of County Commissioners opposes the sale and release of “any video game encouraging youth to engage in criminal or hateful activity including but not limited to “Getting Up: Contents under Pressure” and “Grand Theft Auto.” Chairwoman Sosa stated she would bring forth additional legislation mandating stores to require the presentation of identification from individuals renting or buying video games.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION BY THE MIAMI-DADE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OPPOSING THE SALE AND RELEASE OF VIDEO GAMES WHICH ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL OR HATEFUL ACTIVITY

BODY
WHEREAS, the Atari Corporation ("Atari") is set to release a video game entitled, "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" ("game"); and
WHEREAS, the game features a person who spreads graffiti all over the city while battling city authorities and rival graffiti gangs; and
WHEREAS, the game clearly promotes crime and graffiti despite Atari's disclaimer on its website that "defacing or vandalizing public, commercial or private property is a crime in most jurisdictions"; and
WHEREAS, this game and others such as "Grand Theft Auto" may encourage users of the game, particularly children, to engage in criminal acts, which will require Miami-Dade County to provide more monies in the area of enforcement and abatement measures; and
WHEREAS, the objectives that these games promote are in conflict with the objectives of code enforcement and law enforcement and makes their jobs more difficult,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Board of County Commissioners opposes the sale and release of any video game encouraging youth to engage in criminal or hateful activity including but not limited to "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" and "Grand Theft Auto." If Atari nevertheless releases the game "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" the Board urges that Atari include written materials with the game that discourage anyone using the game from engaging in criminal conduct including graffiti. Furthermore, the Board recommends that if the game is released that Atari establish an anti-graffiti educational campaign.



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