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UPDATE: Senate Advances Steven Tyler Act

March 5, 2013, 8:44 AM HST
* Updated March 5, 12:27 PM
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Courtesy file photo.

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By Wendy Osher

(Update: 12:03 p.m. 3/5/13)

The state Senate passed the bill as amended on third reading today. There were 23 yes votes; one yes vote with reservations from Senator L. Thielen; and two “no” votes from Senators Ihara and Slom. The item is now being transmitted to the House for further consideration.

(Posted: 8:45 a.m. 3/5/13)

The state Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that is aimed at providing better protection for celebrities seeking privacy from the paparazzi.

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The bill, known as the Steven Tyler Act, named after the Aerosmith lead singer and part-time Maui resident, would give celebrities the right to sue over unwanted photos, images, and recordings in the islands.

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Senate Bill 465 is intended to provide protection from offensive recordings if there is reasonable expectation of keeping personal family moments private.

Under the bill, celebrities would be protected specifically on property that they own or lease.

Those opposed to the bill, including some news agencies, say the measure violates rights to free speech.

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