(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2008 - Members of the House Public Policy Committee had a special treat today on the House floor when Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, from the 1950s group Sha Na Na, spoke to urge support for Senate Bill 192 (SB 192), a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville).
The bill would make it illegal for a performing or recording group to steal the identity of another group in a live performance or in advertising. SB 192 would make this kind of crime a Class A infraction punishable by a $10,000 fine. Bauman explained that the bill is an attempt to keep safe the legacy of classic musicians and groups.
"Jon has traveled all over the country to speak in support of legislation like SB 192," explained Rep. Borders. "He explained the damage that has been done to some of the old greats of the 1950s and 1960s, like the Temptations and the Platters, whose names were essentially stolen by others to fool the public into thinking they were the original artists. As a result, the original group and the public both were victims of theft. I think I understand better than most, as an Elvis performer, that there is a huge difference between performing a tribute to someone and stealing his identity."
Bauman was serious during his testimony, but he also had some fun with the legislators. He posed with Rep. Borders and did his famous Bowzer move - biceps flexed and mouth open wide.
The bill passed the House Public Policy Committee unanimously and is now eligible to be heard on the House floor.
For more information on this bill and other issues, Rep. Borders encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at email@example.com, or by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.