Hawaii Senate passes Steven Tyler Act on privacy
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's state Senate passed the so-called Steven Tyler Act on Tuesday, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi by making it illegal for people to take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments.
The Aerosmith frontman asked Senator 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, in 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 favour of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration.