The bill, which is named after the “Aerosmith” frontman will limit the ability of anyone to take photos and videos of celebrities. Hawaii's Senate Judiciary Committee plans to consider the proposed Steven Tyler Act on Feb. 8, which also marks the first time lawmakers will discuss the bill publicly.
A publicist for Tyler told The Associated Press on Feb. 7 that the star submitted written testimony supporting the proposal. Over a dozen other celebrities, including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Neil Diamond and the Osborne family support the bill.
The celebrities allege that unlawful photographing has made simple activities difficult to enjoy in peace. “Providing a remedy to the often-egregious acts of the paparazzi is a very notable incentive to purchase property or vacation on the islands,” the stars said. “Not only would this help the local economy, but it would also help ensure the safety of the general public, which can be threatened by crowds of cameramen or dangerous high-speed car chases.”
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie reportedly supports the intent of the bill, but says it needs refinement. Maui’s Sen. Kalani English says he introduced the bill at the request of Tyler, who owns a multimillion-dollar home in Maui. More than two-thirds of the state's senators have co-sponsored the bill. Opponents, however, declare the bill unconstitutional. An American Civil Liberties Union attorney argues that the bill will curtail the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.
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