Gov. Corbett to Sign Reality TV Bill

Dance Moms is about to get a lot less interesting. According to The Inquirer, Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign a bill that will protect children who appear on reality TV shows.

Stemming from the Jon and Kate Plus 8 controversy, the bill extends the same rights of child actors in scripted shows and movies to children involved in the production of reality shows.

This means that producers will have to adhere to the same child labor laws that have been in place for decades, prohibiting the round-the-clock filming of minors, as was the case during filming in Jon and Kate Gosselin’s Berks County home. An education requirement, which says a teacher must be present on set, will also be added.

The bill mandates that child stars not work more than 8 hours in a day or 48 hours in a week, and those children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

It also includes provisions that employers deposit 15% of the child’s gross income into a trust fund, which the child would receive after reaching adulthood, in order to guarantee that the child gets a portion of the income.

After Governor Corbett signs the bill, reality show production involving children in PA is going to drastically change. But who are we kidding? Dance Moms will find a way to be as awesome totally awful as ever.

Source: The Inquirer

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