As first reported earlier today on TRPWL, Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has learned that new legislation which would mandate ‘barrier protection’ such as condoms for adult performers was introduced into the California Assembly by Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D – Compton).
The new bill is called AB 1576 and was introduced prior to the deadline for new bills to reach the Assembly. This marks the third time that Assemblymember Hall has attempted to push through mandatory barrier protection; in 2013, he sponsored both AB 332 and 640 in unsuccessful bids to legislate mandatory condom use in the adult production industry.
“This measure will furtherdrive production out of state and create severe hardships for ancillary businesses,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. “Last year, we were able to defeat AB 332 and 640 by going to Sacramento to lobby. It made a big difference for legislators to see people show up to protest those bills. When we go there again, to fight AB 1576, we will really need the assistance of everyone in the industry – our livelihood in California is at stake.”
The primary advocate for mandatory condom regulations is nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which has supported Hall’s campaigns to have the bills passed into law. This latest attempt to mandate barrier protection usage is the latest development in AHF’s nearly ten-year long campaign to force legislation on the adult industry.