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The Hawaii state Senate passed the so-called Steven Tyler Act Tuesday, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi by creating a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments. The Aerosmith frontman asked Senator Kalani English to sponsor the legislation after unwanted photos were taken of him and his girlfriend last December and published in a national magazine, causing family drama. Tyler owns a multimillion dollar home in Maui. Twenty-three of the state’s 25 Senate members voted in favor of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration. Senator Sam Slom, the body’s only Republican, opposed the measure. Slom said Hawaii has adequate laws protecting privacy and this proposal is an attack on First Amendment rights. (AP)

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