“Stop sitting in front of the TV and go outside to play” – a
phrase commonly said by parents whenever their children settle to
watch a television program or play a videogame. It is usually up to
the parents to motivate their children towards a particular behavior,
but now the state of New Mexico would like to intervene.
The New Mexico legislature introduced House
Bill 583, championed by Representative Gail Chasey, which
essentially imposes an excise tax on televisions, videogame software
and hardware. Specifically, consumers of such products will have to
pay an extra 1 percent tax on purchases in addition to the gross
receipts tax and other applicable state or federal tax.
Products purchased to be shipped to another state are exempt from
the tax. Also excluded from taxation are any related equipment sold
by an “instrumentality of the armed forces of the United States
engaged in retail activities.”
Revenue created by the officially termed “Television Tax” will
go towards a state treasury fund named the “Leave No Child Inside
Fund,” which will consist of appropriations, gifts, grants,
donations and bequests. Money collected by the program will be put
towards state parks and the public education department for programs
in hopes of encouraging school children to frequent the outdoors. As
described by the bill, funds will be used to:
(1) develop curriculum-based programs
for teachers to use on public lands and at other outdoor learning
sites for outdoor education initiatives;
(2) develop hands-on teaching
materials for children for use in outdoor education programs;
(3) provide transportation for
children to experience outdoor education programs;
(4) provide substantial and frequent
outdoor experiences for children; and
(5) increase outdoor nature-oriented
physical activity programs for school-age children.
Also detailed is the distribution of the Television Tax. 95
percent of the net receipts shall go to the No Child Inside Fund at
the state treasurer as general fund revenues. The remaining five
percent will be used to defray the costs of upholding the program.
Should it come into effect, the Television Tax will begin on
January 1, 2009.
House Bill 583 wouldn’t be the first time videogames were
targeted by a state body. Over the past few years, state leaders have
often tried to pass laws that would make it illegal or challenging to
sell or promote games intended for mature audiences.
Other states with videogame related bills include New
Most decisions that were taken to court deemed the proposed laws
as unconstitutional, as videogames are now qualified under protected
speech. Furthermore, older cases have set a precedent that policy
makers are forbidden from using their power to discriminate against
speech that they disfavor. As pointed out by CNET,
in a number of cases dating as far back as 1936, the Supreme Court
deemed state laws that singled out newspapers or magazines for unique
tax burdens as unconstitutional.
quote:If a fetus is killed in a murder case, it is an additional count. If a fetus is killed in a drunk driving accident, the person can be charged with manslaughter.
quote: ...not without a whole lot of help from a female host. So what's the difference?
quote: various societies at various times have defined human life
quote: viability (a month or two before birth)
quote: That's just the point. I maintain that, without invoking religion, or at least tradition, there is no absolute basis for defining life.
quote:Sperm and skin cells *are* human life.
quote: So you support abortion in cases of rape? Why is it that life less valuable in that particular case?
quote: Neither is a fertilized egg. Humanity is a legal definition and-- at present-- eggs just don't cut the mustard.
quote: Whoops! Every woman having an abortion can make the same argument. That the baby is unwanted
quote: In fact, I can say with absolute certainty that some women who were raped will have less trauma from having their child than many women who were not.
quote: Sperm or egg dying is not the same as when they have combined to begin the first semblance of what could be called human life.
quote: If people who support Roe vs Wade think that life does not begin at conception, then the other laws should at least reflect that, but they don't.
quote: If a fetus is killed in a murder case
quote: If a fetus is killed in a drunk driving accident
quote: And yet if the mother wants to kill the fetus, it's legal.
quote: To use your anology, the contract was signed when the egg was fertilized.
quote: Unlike any of these silly analogies
quote: in this case the signing of the contract actually creates a third party who has not signed any agreement.
quote: Who are you to tell someone how to live their lives?
quote: You're the first person who would be on a law suit band wagon for something that would infringe on your life, and by default, you would be telling someone else how to live theirs.
quote: Yours was a silly question that oozes of irresponsibility and is undeserving of the freedom to choose.- Don't drink and drive... this is telling you how to live your life- Don't murder... again, telling you how to live your life- Pay taxes- Get a drivers license if operating certain vehicles- Don't do drugs
quote: even though the only people their actions affect are themselves
quote: but quoting laws are not a logical argument.
quote: If you think the laws are based on society’s acceptance of right and wrong, you need not look any further than the Patriot Act to see that your statement is flawed.
quote: The Patriot Act is NOT illegal – per U.S. Supreme Courts refusal to hear the ACLU’s claim the other day.
quote: So again: I say we have a representative government and laws are not based on society’s acceptance of right and wrong.
quote: If laws were based on society’s acceptance of right and wrong, things like the Patriot Act, Roe v. Wade, and Cannabis laws, in my estimation, would be overturned.
quote:The Patriot Act is illegal, according to the constitution.
quote: The Supreme Court tacitly agreed to slavery when they considered slaves property - that was unconstitutional (in my view), but slavery WAS Legal.
quote: If a law becomes "outdated" then I would argue that the law was not properly defined to begin with.
quote: However, there are many more ways for a law to be timelessly "illogical."
quote: A law can be based on a flawed principal to begin with. Most of the laws that have preferred one group over another in many societies may be accepted in their time, but that does not mean that being "outdated" is the only reason they are illogical.
quote: Is the law flawed or not?
quote: And, as you mention, just because the majority chose to oppress the minority in the past, never makes it appropriate.
quote: Similarly, the individual liberties that are infringed through abortion can be overcome by these same principals. Slaves were once not considered "individuals" who deserved liberties just as now, the unborn are not considered "individuals,"
quote: the unborn are not considered "individuals," at least, by some.
quote: I'm personally a fan of abortion and think they should allow post birth abortions but I'm also in favor of the idea to have the states decide if abortion is allowed or not.
quote: Do you like the term "big brother?" I believe he was criticizing both.
quote: I, for one, find both "nanny" and "big brother" derogatory.
quote: I think it's more obvious what side of the fence *you* are on, sir. Lets try to be a little less hypocritical, hmmm?
quote: The simple fact is that the far left and far right have both gone completely off the deep end
quote: and you sir, have apparently joined them.
quote: Your being hypocritical to me about being hypocritical to soemone else. Monkey see, monkey do?
quote: The cat calling the kettle black.
quote: We're not feeling so "bionic" today, are we Bioniccrackmonk?
quote: You might as well just have said "I know you are but what am I?" Just because someone accuses you of being hypocritical does not in and of itself make them hypocritical also.
quote: I think it's more obvious what side of the fence *you* are on, sir. Lets try to be a little less hypocritical, hmmm?The simple fact is that the far left and far right have both gone completely off the deep end, and you sir, have apparently joined them.
quote: I believe the expression you're looking for is: "The POT calling the kettle black."
quote: Here again, you could have just said "I know I am and so are you!" But that would sound stupid, right? Oops, too late.
quote: If you want to raise a fat tub of shit for a child, I say go for it.
quote: I honestly can't see any North American government doing that.
quote: providing more funding for these activities is a good cause
quote: It is the governments job to dole out where our tax dollars go.
quote: government should check the amount of conservatives, additives, fat and other stuff
quote: New Mexico to collect money in hopes that kids will spend more time outdoors.