News has broke that “Jersey Shores” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has inspired a legislative bill called “Snookiville Law” in New Jersey. The law would help account for additional costs of production and drunken reality debauchery, currently inconveniencing taxpayers.
However, Snooks is not the first celebrity to motivate government change.
Here are a few other laws that were inspired by some of our favorite stars…
The Britney: The “Hit Me Baby One More Time” singer didn’t just inspire teenage boy fantasies in the late ‘90s, but also had an effect on local legislation.
In 2008, Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine explained that it cost taxpayers $25,000 for a single emergency trip to take Britney Spears to the hospital. The cost accounted for motorcycle, helicopter, and patrol car escorts. As a result, a law was enacted, requiring photogs to remain 20 yards away and obtain permits for shooting in certain areas.
The Tim Tebow: Also known as the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, the Tim Tebow law was introduced in January of 2011 and allowed for home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities at public schools that they would otherwise be unable to do.
The law was passed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. It got the nickname “Tebow” due to the fact that the New York Jets quarterback took advantage of a similar allowance, growing up in Florida.
The Kanye: This decree did not have to do with Kanye directly, but instead his mom, Donda. When Kanye’s mom passed away in 2006 following her cosmetic surgery, the “Otis” rapper’s family banned together and pushed for a bill to be passed in California that required plastic surgery patients receive a complete physical prior to their procedure. The law finally passed in 2009.
The Tom Cruise: In 2006, Tom Cruise bought an ultrasound machine to monitor his then-wife Katie’s Holmes pregnancy with an unborn Suri. Apparently, he was prepping the youngster for what it would be like growing up monitored by the world of Scientology.
Unfortunately, used improperly, an ultrasound can actually harm a fetus.
When the medical world caught wind of this, it didn’t take long for the California Assembly to limit the sales of diagnostic machines to licensed professionals.
Coogan’s Law: Celebrity laws date all the way the 1930s when child actor Jackie Coogan inspired a law that would protect the bank accounts of Hollywood children from their parents.
Long story short, stars like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan who grew up in the spotlight have Coogan to thank for the funds that allow them to buy and crash expensive cars when they were old enough to drive.