If Georgia Democratic Rep. Vernon Jones has his way today, a bill that would make it illegal to sell albums with parental warning stickers to minors will move another step closer to becoming law.
The Special Judiciary Committee of the Georgia State House of
Representatives convened a hearing on Tuesday morning to examine the bill.
The hearing had not yet adjourned by press time.
If the bill, known as HB 1170, is passed out of committee, it then goes to
the full House for a vote. If the measure becomes law, any person caught
selling a stickered album to a customer under age 18 can be charged with a
Jones, the bill's author, said he proposed the
statute "because there was an outcry of parents, and surprisingly enough
students, that said this music is too offensive to minors."
Last month, Georgia singer and songwriter Vic Chesnutt told Addicted To
Noise that he thought the bill would result in decreased sales for
particular genres of music. "Some records will fly right on through
because authorities are too ignorant to sticker them," said Chesnutt, who
has released five albums, some containing adult language, none of which
have been stickered. "Of course, all the rap records are going to be
stickered all over. There's going to be some kind of racist bias, whether
it's on purpose or not. That's a big problem that shoots a hole in [the
bill] right there. But [legislators] won't see it." -- Chris Nelson [Tues., Feb. 3, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]