Steven Tyler Act Passes in Hawaii Senate
By: Zooby Qizilbash

Hawaii. When it comes to honeymoon or dream destinations, it’s near the top of the list for most people. It is truly a place where people go to escape and get “leied”. 

But when it comes to celebrities trying to get in a little relaxation time on the islands, paparazzi have become an increasing issue, invading their privacy at every turn. A few weeks ago, Aerosmith frontman and part-time Maui resident Steven Tyler, along with several other artists, decided they couldn’t take it anymore.

Now, there is news from the Associated Press (via Billboard) that the Hawaii Senate passed the Steven Tyler Act on Tuesday (March 5th).  The bill is aimed at protecting celebrities from the overwhelming paparazzi by creating a civil violation if photos are unwantingly taken. Specifically, the bill is intended to at stir away photos of private moments for celebrities and their familise, especially those looking to escape the fast-pace insanity that is Hollywood.

Other celebrities who have supported the bill include names ranging from the Osbourne family to Mick Fleetwood to Britney Spears. In a state that relies heavily on tourism, the notion to welcome celebrities is an important one. 

Senator Kalani English sponsored the legislation after Tyler asked; a response to unwanted photos of him appeared in a national magazine last December. 

The Act was passed by 23 of 25 state Senators and will now be considered by the House.  Some opposition has risen and Republican Senator Sam Slom, who voted against the bill, let his feelings to Steven Tyler be known, quite literally telling him to “Dream On.” Only time will tell how much real change the Steven Tyler Act causes.

Do you think celebrities need more protection? Is this a good or bad idea?  Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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