In follow up to our recent article regarding the proposed Steven Tyler Act SB 465, the Hawaii state Senate passed the Bill on Tuesday. The Act was designed to protect the privacy of celebrities from overeager paparazzi by creating a civil violation if someone in the press or otherwise, takes unwanted photos or videos of others during private moments.
Tyler purchased a multi-million dollar home on Maui in January 2012. Tyler asked Senator Kalanai English to sponsor the legislation after unwanted photos of him and his girlfriend were taken last December and published in a national magazine.
English said he feels the proposal could help increase celebrity tourism in Hawaii.
Tyler was joined by other celebrities who supported the bill which included Mick Fleetwood, the Osborne family and Britney Spears.
“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” Tyler said. “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored.”
Although the measure has gained national media attention, some detractors say it violates the First Amendment. The bill was overwhelmingly supported by state senators with twenty-three of the state’s 25 Senate members voting in favor of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration.
Sen. Sam Slom, the body’s only Republican, opposed the measure as did Sen. Les Ihara.
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