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Actresses urge California lawmakers to support paparazzi bill

  • Jennifer Garner, right, and actress Halle Berry, left, urged lawmakers to approve SB606, by State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, that would change the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are urging California lawmakers to support legislation that would impose tougher penalties on paparazzi who harass celebrities and their children.

The stars testified Tuesday before the Assembly Judiciary Committee on SB606. The bill would change the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian.

It was Berry's second state Capitol appearance on the measure. Berry, who is pregnant, told lawmakers the constant presence of photographers has made her daughter scared to go to school.

Garner choked up describing how paparazzi aggressively follow her and her three children daily.

Media organizations are concerned the bill from Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles will interfere with news gathering. SB606 passed and heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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