The South Carolina legislature today (April 13) passed legislation that will prohibit so-called "Imposter Bands" from masquerading as authentic groups or bands.

The South Carolina legislature today (April 13) passed legislation that will prohibit so-called "Imposter Bands" from masquerading as authentic groups or bands.

The consumer protection bill, H. 3636, was introduced by Rep. John J. "Bubber" Snow and supported by the Beach Music Assn. International. The bill awaits the signature of Gov. Mark Sanford.

Five years ago, federal lawmakers introduced similar legislation authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

John Bauman, aka "Bowser" of Sha Na Na, and Chuck Blasko, an original member of the Vogues, testified that imposter groups make it difficult for original groups to tour. Current law makes it necessary for legitimate original group members to spend huge sums in court over many years in attempts to halt imposter groups. The federal bill never advanced.

The RIAA supported both measures.