‘Snookiville’ Law: New Jersey assemblyman proposes reality TV bill
A New Jersey lawmaker is using MTV’s “Jersey Shore” as inspiration behind a bill that will let the state have more control of reality TV shows shot within its borders.
State Assemblyman Ronald Dancer introduced the “Snookiville” Law, which would require reality TV crews to foot the bill for additional police officers necessarily for public safety during filming. In addition, the proposed legislation gives cities the right to license and regulate filming.
Dancer cited the state’s popularity among reality shows as the reason for proposing the bill. “Jersey Shore,” “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and “Cake Boss” were also filmed in the state.
“These shows can attract crowds, which can benefit local businesses and challenge a community’s resources,” Dancer said, according to the New York Post. “This bill will permit local officials to make sure taxpayers don’t get ‘Snook’-ered or public safety is compromised when reality stars such as Snooki or J-Woww come to town.”
The bill’s namesake, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, is one of “Jersey Shore’s” wildest stars. She recently had a baby with fiance Jionni LaValle. The hit show chronicling the cast’s partying ways in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, will kick off its final season on Oct. 4.