BILL NO. 61
(as passed, with amendments)
1st Session, 59th General Assembly
53 Elizabeth II, 2004
Private Member's Bill
Theatres and Amusements Act
CHAPTER 17 OF THE ACTS OF 2004
First Reading: April 26, 2004 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)
Second Reading: May 6, 2004
Third Reading: May 20, 2004 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)
Royal Assent: May 20, 2004
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Section 2 of Chapter 466 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, as amended by Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2000, is amended by
(b) striking out "or any substitute therefor" in the third line of clause (d) and substituting "a DVD-video, a video game and any other medium specified in the regulations from which moving visual images may be produced";
(ii) receives data or instructions generated by a person who uses it, and
(iii) by processing the data or instructions, creates an interactive game capable of being played, viewed or experienced on or through a computer, gaming system, console or other technology,
(l) "video-game outlet" means a retail establishment that sells, leases, rents, exchanges, distributes or otherwise makes available for use video games to the public for consideration and includes a place of amusement that makes a video game available for use.
2 Subsection 4(1) of Chapter 466, as amended by Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2000, is amended by
(kd) establishing, adopting or otherwise providing for classification or systems of classification of video games in addition to or in place of classifications given by the Entertainment Software Rating Board;
4 Chapter 466 is amended by adding immediately after Section 6 the following Section:
(2) Except as provided by the regulations, no video-game outlet shall sell, lease, rent, exchange, distribute or otherwise make available any video game unless the video game
(a) has been classified by the Entertainment Software Rating Board or given such other classification as is established, adopted or otherwise provided for under the regulations; and
(b) the video game is marked in accordance with subsection (1).
(3) No video-game outlet or employee or agent of a video-game outlet shall sell, lease, rent, exchange, distribute or otherwise make available any video game to any person to whom the video-game outlet is restricted by the regulations from selling, leasing, renting, exchanging, distributing or otherwise making available such video.
5 This Act comes into force one hundred and eighty days after this Act receives Royal Assent or on such earlier day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
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