Steven Tyler: Hawaii state Senate OKs celebrity bill
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Hawaii state Senate has passed the so-called Steven Tyler Act, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi by creating a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments.
The Aerosmith frontman from Massachusetts asked Sen. Kalani English to sponsor the legislation after unwanted photos were taken of him and his girlfriend last December and published in a national magazine, causing family drama.
Tyler owns a multimillion dollar home in Maui, which is part of English's district. English said the proposal could help increase celebrity tourism in Hawaii.
Twenty-three of the state's 25 Senate members voted in favor of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration.
Sen. Sam Slom, the body's only Republican, opposed the measure.
Besides Tyler, other celebrities have supported the bill, including Britney Spears, Mick Fleetwood and the Osborne family.
They say intrusive paparazzi make it difficult to enjoy simple activities with family and friends.
But national media organizations worry about the proposal's impact on freedom of the press. Several national media organizations submitted testimony opposing the bill.
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