WIlshire & Western reports California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) is pushing a bill that would fine people $2,000 and up to six months in jail for crashing a party. The bill is really aimed at keeping the riff-raff out of big Hollywood events like the Screen Actors Guild Awards, according to Portantino's office.
Via the release: "The Screen Actors Guild Awards show has been plagued with “gate crashers” in recent years and they asked me to carry the bill for security reasons,” said Assemblymember Portantino in a statement.
A spokesperson for Portantino elaborates on what prompted this: There was a crashing incident at an awards ceremony in which the city attorney couldn't prosecute the person, but this law would change that, allowing for jail time and fines. "It's for big events," she adds, of the bill. " It is not for crashing your neighbors party." No word if the premiere of the next "Twilight" movie qualifies as a big, but we'll be watching.
Meanwhile, the release also contains a quote from SAG Counsel Laura Ritchie: “In this day and age of the internet and reality TV, it seems there are ever-increasing cases of people accessing or attempting to access these types of events. And despite extensive security measures, there are still those who try to circumvent those measures to gain access.”
· A California Bill Against Party Crashing [Wilshire and Western]