Steven Tyler to Testify as Anti-Paparazzi ‘Steven Tyler Act’ Gets Hearing in Hawaii

Steven Tyler Act

Steven Tyler, lead singer of rock band Aerosmith, is expected to testify in Hawaii today at a hearing on the anti-paparazzi bill that informally bears his name.

The bill, which has been christened the Steven Tyler Act, is the subject of a legislative hearing today in Honolulu. The Senate Judiciary Committee of the state will conduct the hearing and Tyler himself is expected to be in attendance.

A slew of celebrities including Britney Spears, Neil Diamond and Avril have also backed the bill, which could thwart the paparazzi’s disruptive antics against celebrities. A collective statement from these stars has been made public:

Providing a remedy to the often-egregious acts of the paparazzi is a very notable incentive to purchase property or vacation on the islands. Not only would this help the local economy, but it would also help ensure the safety of the general public, which can be threatened by crowds of cameramen or dangerous high-speed car chases.

The bill can be read in full below:

The Steven Tyler Act, if passed, will impose stronger penalties on the paparazzi that bother celebrities on the island of Hawaii. State officials have put their support behind the bill. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Senator Kalani English are behind it.

Senator English made sure to state that the bill would increase the celebrity tourism rate for Hawaii, which in turn would boost Hawaii’s economy. English actually introduced the bill at the request of Steven Tyler. Two-thirds of Hawaii’s state senators have co-sponsored the bill.

The bill would also allow stars to sue photographers who invade their privacy. These provisions may make it harder for the paparazzi to nag celebrity content while they’re vacationing in Hawaii.

Tyler gave a statement to E Online about his thoughts on Hawaii and the proposed bill:

The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation. As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored.

Other Hollywood stars such the Osbourne family and Tommy Lee are also backing this bill. However, several organizations oppose the bill. Yahoo News noted that the National Press Photographers Association opposed it because it hurts their constitutional rights.

The Motion Picture Association of America stated that they don’t support the bill because it could make movie piracy policing more difficulty. They reason that the bill wouldn’t provide any exemption for law enforcement members who would need to take photos/video footage of the persons they’re investigating.

On Thursday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser published an editorial that labeled the lawmakers that support this bill as “star-struck.”

Steven Tyler’s testimony is sure to bring even more eyes towards Hawaii, but his concert on the beach antics should too:

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Steven Tyler has had run-in’s with the paparazzi before. Some of them have been positive encounters, but he’s been caught in non-flattering situations too:

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