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Hawaii senators to debate celebrity privacy bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm •  Published: February 5, 2013

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii senators are set to consider whether the state should prevent paparazzi from stalking celebrities who vacation in Hawaii.

A Senate committee plans to consider the so-called Steven Tyler Act on Friday.

The bill is named for the Aerosmith singer because he recently bought a home in Maui, and the lawmaker who wrote it says Tyler requested the legislation.

Sen. Kalani English, a Democrat from Maui, says he hopes enacting the measure will encourage more celebrities to come to Hawaii.

The bill gives public figures the collect civil damages from people who take photos or videos of them in an offensive way during their private lives. The initiative has initial support from more than two-thirds of the state Senate.

Hawaii media lawyer Jeff Portnoy says it is embarrassing and potentially unconstitutional.

The bill would open people up to lawsuits if they invade the privacy of public figures by taking or selling photos or videos. It defines invasion of privacy as capturing or trying to capture images or sound of people "in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person" during personal or family moments.

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