The Hawaii state Senate passed the so-calledSteven Tyler Act Tuesday, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi by creating a civil violation if people takeunwanted 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.
“We have been the butt of many editorials and jokes across the country for this proposed legislation,” he said.
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