Senator wants panel to probe movie violence

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The U.S. Senate will be asked to try pressuring the movie industry to cut violence by forming a study commission. One subject to study: whether violent movies can be taxed at a higher rate than non-violent movies. Sen. Kit Bond (R., Mo.) said today he will introduce an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Bill, currently being debated, to form a 12-member commission. Sen. Bond in a statement announcing his plan pointed specifically to ads for the movies. "The wealthy and talented industry people behind these ads have a right to produce this material," he said, "but we should not extend to them every courtesy when it comes to polluting the minds of our young."

Copyright May 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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