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Steven Tyler Act stalls in Hawaii after missing deadlines

March 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Hawaii celebrity privacy bill known as the Steven Tyler Act is likely to fail after missing deadlines in the state House.

The bill is aimed to help protect celebrities who are subjected to harassment from photographers and reporters seeking photographs and news stories. The bill would make it a civil violation for paparazzi to take photos or videos of others in private moments.

The proposal was named after the Aerosmith lead singer who escaped to Maui for a quiet life and has made many contributions to the arts in the state.

The New York native asked Sen. Kalani English, from Maui, to introduce the bill after someone photographed him with his girlfriend at his home in December.

Tyler helped the bill sail through the state senate earlier this month by testifying in person at a committee hearing in February.

Rep. Angus McKelvey, of Maui, the chairman of the first of three House committees the bill needs to pass to get to the House floor, said he won't be hold a hearing for the bill.

"There is zero support for that legislation in the House of Representatives," McKelvey, chairman of the consumer protection committee, told The Associated Press. "To say there is absolutely zero support would be an understatement."

The bill already has missed one internal House deadline to be considered. A second internal deadline to hear the bill is on Thursday.

Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Mick Fleetwood, and several other high-profile celebrities also submitted written testimony in favor of the bill.

Opponents call the bill an attack on First Amendment rights.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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