Bill would crack down on Hollywood gate-crashers
A proposed law set to go before California's Legislature this month would make one of Hollywood's cherished utterances -- "You're not on the list" -- carry severe new consequences.
It's a measure aimed at making the act of party-crashing a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.
The author of the legislation, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), said crashers at high-profile events such as the Academy Awards and other awards shows pose a threat to public safety that warrants a law in addition to the 25 sections of trespassing code already on California's books.
Portantino acted at the request of the Screen Actors Guild after some crashers breached security at the SAG Awards in January but were released because of legal loopholes.
-- Chris Lee
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