San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Condom Bill Advances in Assembly

By Mark Madler Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A bill to make condom use mandatory during adult film shoots received approval Wednesday by the California General Assembly’s Appropriation Committee.

AB1576, sponsored by Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, now goes to the full Assembly for a vote.

The proposed law is similar to Measure B, the ballot initiative approved by voters in November 2012 that requires condom usage on adult film sets within Los Angeles County, and an ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council in January 2012.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in Los Angeles, is a major backer of Hall’s bill as well as the Los Angeles county and city measures.

The adult industry will continue to fight the bill because Hall has little understanding of what concerns adult performers have, said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, the Canoga Park trade organization for the adult industry.

“We cannot allow politicians to treat adult performers as disposable, to disregard very real concerns in favor of a paternalistic bill that criminalizes adult film,” Duke said in a prepared statement.