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(June 21, 2001) -- Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., the new chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, said today that he intends to hold his own hearing on issues related to marketing violent movies, video games and music to children.

Joined by Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., and Tom Osborne, R-Neb., the senator unveiled a House version of his legislation that would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to cite marketers who rate products for those over 17, but market them to those who are younger.

Sen. Lieberman said the committee hearing will respond to a letter from some physician groups, including the American Medical Association, that questions the accuracy and appropriateness of current TV and movie ratings. The groups' letter to Congress urges a single ratings system for all formats that is both age- and content-based.

The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to hold a separate hearing on Sen. Lieberman's measure. Sen. Lieberman also said today that he has written President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft urging that they support the legislation. -- Ira Teinowitz

Copyright June 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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