Steven Tyler Act stalls in Hawaiian House
HONOLULU – The future is looking bleak for a celebrity privacy bill in Hawaii known as the Steven Tyler Act.
The proposal pushed by the Aerosmith lead singer would allow people to sue others who take photos or videos of their private moments. But after sailing through the Senate earlier this month following personal testimony from Tyler at a February hearing, the bill is missing deadlines in the state House, and key lawmakers say they won’t push it through.
Rep. Angus McKelvey, of Maui, the chairman of the first of three House committees the bill needs to pass to get to the House floor, said he won’t hold a hearing for the bill.
“There is zero support for that legislation in the House of Representatives,” McKelvey, chairman of the consumer protection committee, told The Associated Press. “To say there is absolutely zero support would be an understatement.”
The bill already has missed one internal House deadline to be considered. A second internal deadline to hear the bill is on Thursday.