Calif. moves to crack down on paparazzi tactics

US actress Evangeline Lilly arrives for the screening of 'La Princesse de Montpensier' presented in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2010
US actress Evangeline Lilly arrives for the screening of 'La Princesse de Montpensier' presented in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2010 Valery Hache/Getty Images

SACRAMENTO -- Paparazzi could be arrested for loitering outside a celebrity's home or workplace under legislation moving through the Legislature.

A bill passed Thursday by the state Assembly would make it a crime for individuals to engage in surveillance to get a photo, image or recording of a celebrity.

Democratic Assemblywoman Karen Bass of Los Angeles says celebrities have described paparazzi following their children and surrounding and jumping on their vehicles.

Bass says her bill would provide a stronger deterrent to keep "out-of-control paparazzi from violating a person's right to privacy."

The Assembly approved AB2479 on a 41-12 vote, sending it to the Senate.

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