Could Hawaii become the new playground for celebrities?
State senate members voted 23-2 in favor of passing the Steven Tyler Act, named after the Aerosmith frontman, which makes it a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others during private moments. Steven lives in Massachusetts but owns a home in Maui and pushed for the legislation after unwanted photos were taken of him and his girlfriend last December and published in a national magazine.
However, he's not the first celebrity to have a law named after them. Check out five other celebrity laws that are currently on the books!
1. The Snookiville Law
Snooki and the rest of the Jersey Shore cast pissed off enough residents in New Jersey for this law to be proposed last September. It gives local officials more power over the filming of reality shows in their neighborhoods so taxpayers don't have to foot the bill. One key component of the law would require production crews to pay for additional police needed for crowd control.
2. The Britney Law
In 2008, tax payers were responsible for Britney Spears' $24,000 trip to the hospital. Crazed paparazzi trying to get a shot of Britney being stretchered out meant that motorcycle, helicopter and patrol car escorts were necessary to get her to the ER. A California law was passed shortly after that requires a 20-yard "personal safety bubble" or forfeiture of all profits from the resulting pictures.
3. Tom Cruise Law
When Tom reportedly bought a $200,000 ultrasound machine in 2005 to monitor the progress of his unborn child with then-wife Katie Holmes, doctors were outraged. Out of fear that people would unintentionally misuse the machines, many doctors pushed for a bill that would ban people who are not in the medical field from buying these gadgets.
4. Tim Tebow Law
The future of his football career may be uncertain, but there is no doubt Tim has made a difference to the future of kids in South Carolina. A home-schooled student growing up, he successfully lobbied last May for state legislators to pass the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities act. The bill allows home-schooled kids to participate in extracurricular activities at public schools they wouldn't otherwise have access to.
5. The Oprah Law
Former President Bill Clinton signed this act into place in December 1993, which is also known as The National Child Protection Act. The law ultimately created a database to help track child abusers and assure parents that their children were not being cared for by criminals.
What do you think of the Steven Tyler Act?
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