The Steven Tyler Act has already made it through the senate but it doesn’t appear like it will be moving forward in the House of Representatives.
The Steven Tyler Act, which would create new laws to protect the privacy of celebrities, is reportedly dead before it even reached the House floor.
Rep. Angus McKelvey of Maui, who is the chairman of the consumer protection committee, said: “There is zero support for that legislation in the House of Representatives. To say there is absolutely zero support would be an understatement. There is a better chance of people flapping their arms and flying from Lanai to Maui.”
The proposed bill would give celebrities the ability to sue paparazzi photographers. Supporters of the bill say that Hawaii can boost tourism, real estate sales, and filming profits if it can protect celebrities from invasive photographers. Opponents of the bill argue that it would be impossible to enforce and would create a constant argument over who is a celebrity, who is considered a professional photographer, and just what setting constitutes a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
If the bill does somehow manage to get through McKelvey’s committee, it will still have several other hurdles to pass before it gets sent to the House floor for a vote.
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The Aerosmith singer, as well as the rock legend Mick Fleetwood, testified in support of the bill last month. Singers like Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne submitted written statements in favor of the bill.