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Halle Berry Testifies In In Favor To Penalize Paparazzi For Harassing Children
Sacramento California (CNN) - Actress Halle Berry was in Sacramento Tuesday to testify in favor of a bill that would penalize paparazzi for harassing children.
Senate bill 606, which amends the California penal code, cleared a legislative committee later that day.
The punishment would be up to six months in a county jail and/or a fine up to a thousand dollars for the first conviction.
The fines and jail time would increase with each conviction.
Berry says she wants to protect her five-year-old daughter.
But the president of the California broadcasters association opposes the bill.
Here they are, in their words:
"My daughter, every day, rejects going to school, why? Because she knows men, as she now calls them, are waiting for her at her schoolyard."
"This is the 21st-century, and everything is on the table now. So don't panic. And it's a minor price of celebrity."
The bill defines harassment as, "alarming, annoying, tormenting or terrorizing."