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TODAY   |  August 14, 2013

Celebs lobby to protect their kids from photogs

Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner took to the Calif. senate to promote a new bill that would create harsher punishment for paparazzi when it comes to photographing their children. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.

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>>> new fight by big names in hollywood to keep the paparazzi at bay.

>> well, halle berry and jennifer garner spoke at a hearing before lawmakers in california urging them to protect the most important people in their lives, their children.

>> reporter: halle berry and jennifer garner , two of hollywood's biggest actresses in sacramento tuesday playing a different role.

>> i was introduced as halle berry but i'm a mom.

>> i'm an actress but i'm a mom first.

>> the famous moms showing their support for a bill that would create stricter punishment for celebrity photographers. especially when it comes to photographing their children.

>> they have a bounty on their heads every day. there are as many as 15 cars of photographers waiting outside our cars.

>> these men as my daughter now call them wait outside of our door every single day. even on christmas morning .

>> the bill, sb 606 would make it illegal to photograph or record a child without permission of a parent or legal guardian or get a photo while lying in wait. the actress is so upset by the paparazzi that she considered moving to france where photographers are less intrusive. both women shared personal stories.

>> she doesn't want to go to preschool anymore. why? because these 25 gang of grown men are there. we're moms here who are just trying to protect our children.

>> jennifer garner visibly upset. i love my kids, they're beautiful and sweet and innocent and i don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day every day to continue traumatizing my kids. thank you for the opportunity to testify today. sorry.

>> well, the bill has been opposed by some journalists who warned it could get in the way of news gathering. but the victory went to the stars. the bill passed unanimously and is now heading to the appropriations committee . a lot of people think the children should be off limits.

>> obviously something they feel very strongly about.