Actress Halle Berry is expected to testify Tuesday in the Capitol in favor of legislation that would limit a paparazzo's ability to photograph the children of celebrities.
Senate Bill 606 would modify the definition of harassment -- meaning activity that "seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes" a person -- to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
The legislation specifically mentions photography that involves "following the child's activities or lying in wait" and targeting a child because of a parent's line of work.
The Motion Picture Assn. of America opposes the legislation, saying it infringes upon free speech protections. Jim Ewert, general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Assn., said there are already enough laws preventing harassment and he fears the measure could criminalize legitimate news gathering.