D.C. City Council member Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6) yesterday revived her effort to limit the playing of public video games by school-age children, but received mixed reactions to a proposed bill that would set a 10 p.m. curfew and require adult supervision for children younger than 12.
Representatives of various city agencies, including the police department and license officials, indicated that the bill was overly broad in its definitions, and said the city lacked the enforcement powers to limit the operation of video arcades.
Representatives of some community groups from Winter's ward spoke in favor of the bill's intent, as did school board member John Warren (Ward 6).
Winter, who said she would introduce the measure today but may offer amendments later to address objections, would impose the curfew on merchants with five or more games.
Under the bill, the city also would have to give community representatives 45 days' notice of intent to grant a video arcade license. The licensing officials noted that even with such a requirement, the city cannot prohibit video games if they meet zoning requirements.
Last year, Winter drafted a similar bill regulating video games, but did not introduce it.