Laws

2014

Both bills listed below were signed into law by California Governor Brown on September 30, 2014.
 

California Assembly Bill 1256 (AB 1256) - Privacy and Buffer Zones:

AB 1256 amends the California Privacy Law to include within the definition of “personal and familial activity” activities of children occurring at private and public schools, activities occurring at various medical facilities, and activities occurring where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists at other locations. It also creates a new section in the law that creates buffer zones around entrances and exits at specified facilities, including schools and medical facilities, to prevent barriers and obstructions from impeding ingress and egress to and from such facilities, and to prevent the interruption of important and vital functions of such facilities.

     AB 1256 - Full Text

California Assembly Bill 1356 (AB 1356) - Stalking Reform:

AB 1356 amends the California Civil Stalking Law to include as actionable placing someone "under surveillance" in a way that causes “substantial emotional distress," if all other elements of the law are proved. Licensed private investigators, law enforcement agencies and some other organizations and purposes for surveillance are exempt (see full language of bill for complete details).

     AB 1356 - Full Text

  

2010

For the 2010 legislative season, the Paparazzi Reform Initiative proposed language for a new paparazzi reform bill to Speaker Bass which she introduced as AB 2479.  The bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September, 2010.  The law became effective January 1, 2011. 

     AB 2479 - Full Text

AB 2479 adds "false imprisonment" as another actionable behavior in 1708.8 of the California Civil Code (Privacy Law) as well as increasing penalties for those driving recklessly in an attempt to capture a visual image (fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail - if a minor is endangered in the pursuit, fine of up to $5,000 and a year in jail).

The Paparazzi Reform Initiative in the press:  Los Angeles TimesThe WrapToronto Star,Malibu TimesHuffington Post - part onepart twoPublic Radio and Marilyn Beck & Stacy Smith's syndicated column

 

2009

PRI Founder, Sean Burke & California Assembly Speaker, Karen Bass

The office of California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass contacted the Paparazzi Reform Initiative in May of 2009 with a request for assistance in getting new paparazzi-reform legislation passed in the California Legislature.  The result was passage of AB 524 which was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in October, 2009.  The law became effective January 1, 2010.  

     AB 524 - Full Text

AB 524 imposes penalties on anyone who purchases a photograph taken illegally.  The law is directed at the media outlets who purchase photos taken by paparazzi who break laws during the act of capturing photos.  Penalties range from $5,000 to $50,000. 

The Paparazzi Reform Initiative in the press:  Wall Street JournalWashington Post and Santa Monica Daily Press.