The 'Snooki Bill': 'Jersey Shore' Star's Speech to Students Prompts New Law
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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi - a reality TV legend of the Garden State - has now inspired a new state law.
New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to cap speaking fees paid by state universities after the former star of MTV's "Jersey Shore" received $32,000 for an appearance at Rutgers University in 2011.
The bill from GOP Assemblyman John DiMaio sets a $10,000 limit for commencement and other speakers. It's unclear whether Gov. Chris Christie (R) will sign the bill.
However, in a statement to NJ.com, Rutgers said state funds are typically not used to compensate speakers.
The school said it still plans to pay $35,000 to actor-musician Steven Van Zandt to speak at this year's commencement.
The honorarium money comes out of the school's beverage contract with Coca-Cola, Rutgers said.