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Steven Tyler celebrity privacy bill stalled in Hawaii

March 21, 2013|By Randy Lewis
  • Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, center, with his attorney Dina LaPolt, left, and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood as they listen to testimony on a celebrity privacy bill during a hearing at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu.
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, center, with his attorney Dina LaPolt,… (Oskar Garcia / Associated…)

Steven Tyler may have to keep his shirt on after all. After being passed by Hawaii’s Senate, a celebrity privacy bill known as The Steven Tyler Act is now stuck in the island state’s House of Representatives with little apparent chance of moving forward.

“There is zero support for that legislation in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Angus McKelvey of Maui, who is chairman of the consumer protection committee, told the Associated Press. “To say there is absolutely zero support would be an understatement.” McKelvey’s committee is one of three the bill would have to clear to make it to the House floor for a vote.

The legislation would give celebrities the right to sue photographers who take photos or videos of them in private settings.

The Senate approved the bill in February after Tyler testified personally. McKelvey said he would not hold a hearing for the bill. “There is a better chance,” McKelvey said, “of people flapping their arms and flying from Lanai to Maui.”

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