A Piece of Stardom in Legislation: Laws Named After Celebrities

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If stardom wasn't enough, these celebrities have their names on legislation, too. Check out which stars had laws named in their honor.

PHOTO: Steven Tyler arrives at The Voice Health Institute's Raise Your Voice Benefit at Beverly Hills Hotel, Jan. 24, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Steven Tyler

The Hawaii State Senate passed the so-called "Steven Tyler Act" this week. The bill named after famed Aerosmith frontman aimed to protect celebrities from paparazzi.

Tyler approached Hawaii State Sen. Kalani English to sponsor this bill that would create a civil violation if photos or video footage was taken during private moments without consent.

Tyler is a homeowner in English's district of Maui and took particular interest in this cause after unsanctioned photos were taken of him and his girlfriend and then published in a national magazine last year.

Twenty-three of Hawaii's 25 Senate members voted in favor of the legislation, which will now go to the Hawaii's House for consideration.

English said that passage of the bill could prompt increased celebrity tourism in the Aloha State.

PHOTO: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi attends the Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi Supre Tan "Restore The Shore" Sandy Benefit at Beach Bum, Feb. 23, 2013, in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
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Snooki

From the beaches of Seaside Heights, N.J., to the New Jersey state house, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's influence is felt all over the Garden State.

In September, legislation was introduced nicknamed the "Snookiville Law."

The law, named after the star of MTV's "Jersey Shore," gives local officials more authority over the taping of reality shows in their cities. Provisions in the law would require additional fees to be paid to police needed for crowd control, among other things.

That provision could have been useful in 2010, when the bill's namesake, Polizzi, was arrested for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights during filming.

PHOTO: Britney Spears arrives at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at Pacific Design Center, Feb. 24, 2013, in West Hollywood, Calif.
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Britney Spears

Like Steven Tyler, Britney Spears had some issues with people invading her personal space, prompting legislation to be named in her honor.

In 2008, the pop sensation was sent to the hospital after she a run-in with a slew of paparazzi. Britney's ambulance showed up with an entourage of a motorcycle, helicopter and patrol car escorts to keep the star away from the lenses. The incident cost taxpayers $24,000.

The "Britney law," proposed by Los Angeles City Councilman, Dennis Zine, requires photographers to keep at least a 20-yard distance from a celebrity being photographed. Failure to do so would result in a forfeit of all profits from the pictures taken.

PHOTO: Tom Cruise attends the premiere of 'Jack Reacher' at Callao Cinema on December 13, 2012 in Madrid.
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Tom Cruise

In 2006, the California Assembly passed bill AB2360, which prohibited the sale of diagnostic ultrasound to anyone other than licensed clinicians.

The bill, nicknamed the "Tom Cruise Law," was sparked by a case in 2005, when Tom Cruise reportedly bought an ultrasound machine to monitor the progress of his unborn child with actress Katie Holmes.

The $200,000 purchase compelled doctors to support legislation that would prevent the sale of diagnostic ultrasound instruments to those who are not in the medical profession, such as the award-winning actor.

PHOTO: New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speaks at the Easter service of Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2012.
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Tim Tebow

In the midst of Tebow mania, a law was passed in South Carolina honoring the football-playing heartthrob.

The Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, also known as the "Tim Tebow Law," was passed by South Carolina legislators in August 2012.

Though the law doesn't have to do with "Tebowing," it does have to do with sports. The legislation allows home-schooled kids to participate in extracurricular activities at public schools. South Carolina was the 30th state to adopt similar legislation.

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