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S.134: Violent Content Research Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va.
Total Cosponsors 6 (3 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 24, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 17, 2013
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Bill Summary

Violent Content Research Act of 2013 - Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), jointly, to undertake to enter into appropriate arrangements with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a comprehensive study and investigation of whether exposure to violent video games and programming has a harmful effect on children that is distinguishable from any other factors.

Requires such study and investigation to consider whether: (1) such exposure causes children to act aggressively or causes other measurable harm to children, has a disproportionately harmful effect on the behavior of children already prone to aggression or on the behavior of other identifiable groups of children, and has a harmful effect that is distinguishable from other types of media; (2) any identified harm has a direct and long-lasting impact on a child's well-being; and (3) current or emerging cha...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 17, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 262.
Dec. 17, 2013 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-126.
July 30, 2013 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Jan. 24, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (text of measure as introduced: CR S288)