APNewsBreak: Steven Tyler Act stalls in Hawaii
McKelvey said he has sympathy for Tyler and other celebrities whose privacy rights have been violated. But there are enough legal avenues available to them, including taking the issue to court because privacy is protected in the Hawaii constitution, he said.
LaPolt disagrees and says the constitution isn’t enough. She says creating a civil rule would be more effective in making sure paparazzi stay in line.
Tyler has said he asked Sen. Kalani English of Maui to introduce the bill after someone photographed him with his girlfriend at his home in December.
Along with Tyler, rock legend Mick Fleetwood, who owns a restaurant in McKelvey’s district, attended an earlier hearing to urge lawmakers to pass the bill. Their appearance generated buzz in the state Capitol, as staffers snapped cellphone pictures of the stars and compared them in the hallways after the hearing.
Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne and several other high-profile celebrities submitted written testimony in favor of the bill.
National media organizations have staunchly opposed the proposal, saying it would limit freedom of the press.