Hawaii Senate Passes Steven Tyler Act

By Emma Koch

Hawaii Senate Passes Steven Tyler Act

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM EDT

HAWAII (www.incnow.tv) -- The Hawaii state Senate passed what they are calling the "Steven Tyler Act" on Tuesday.

Senator Kalani English sponsored the bill at Steven Tyler's personal request. Tyler is reported to have requested this legislation after unwanted photos were published in a national magazine of him and his girlfriend last December.

Photographers who take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments would face a civil violation. The bill seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi.

English says that the proposal could help increase celebrity tourism to the state. 23 of the 25 members of the state's Senate voted in favor of the bill. Those in opposition say the bill attacks First Amendment rights.

The National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists were among several organizations to oppose the bill citing it's conflicts with freedom of the press.

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