Unfortunately, Steven Tyler's livin' on the edge of disappointment.
Aerosmith's frontman has suffered a setback in his bid to keep the paparazzi at bay as the highly touted privacy bill named for him failed to make it out of Hawaii's House of Representatives after missing several important deadlines.
According to a published report, the legislation known as the Steven Tyler Act—which breezed through the state Senate earlier this month—has yet to be taken up by three key panels on the House side and could now be in jeopardy for this legislative session.
"There is zero support for that legislation in the House of Representatives," said Rep. Angus McKelvey, a Maui Democrat who heads the Consumer Protection Committee and has refused to hold a hearing for the measure. "To say there is absolutely zero support would be an understatement."
The bad news comes a month after the classic rocker, who owns a $4.8 million house in Maui, testified before Hawaii's Senate Judiciary Committee along with fellow musician and island resident Mick Fleetwood on the need to widen the scope of what constitutes invasion of privacy to make it easier for people to sue photographers who cross the line.
Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt couldn't be reached for comment. But she was quoted earlier as saying this is typical of the legislative process.
"I was very surprised we got out of the Senate on the first run," the legal eagle said. "If it had passed through the House, I would have been shocked."
LaPolt added that the bill isn't dead, as it can be taken up at next year's session, by which point its backers hope to have built more support for the measure.