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California cracking down on paparazzi. Is this issue worth all the attention?

August 28, 2010 |  1:47 pm

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It appears California is once again cracking down on the paparazzi.

The two pieces of legislation were approved by the state Senate, which sent the paparazzi bill back to the Assembly to agree on amendments. AB 2479 would impose penalties of up to $5,000 with the possibility of jail time for photographers caught driving in a dangerous manner to get photos or video of celebrities.

"This bill is intended to address out-of-control paparazzi," said Sen. Curren Price Jr. (D-Inglewood). "They are employing more aggressive and unsafe tactics that endanger both celebrities and the general public."

The measure, sought by Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, was approved on a 21-13 vote. Opponents, including Sen. Leland Yee (D- San Francisco), said they agreed with the California Newspaper Publishing Assn. that there already are laws against reckless driving and that the bill infringes on the rights of all members of the press.

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