Contacting Members of the Appropriations Committee
The assembly members listed below sit on the Appropriations Committee. Please fax, call or use social media to contact these members and get as many people as you know to do the same. Believe it or not, faxes get the most attention in the assembly members’ offices.
If you don’t have access to a fax, call the office and ask for the staff person in charge of Appropriations. If that person isn’t available, speak to the person who answered the phone. Be polite, don’t argue and keep the call brief. Thank the person you spoke with for their time.
You may also use social media by tweeting directly to the assembly members with Twitter profiles: I oppose AB1576 and include the hashtag #StopAB1576.
|Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D) Chair||916-319-2143||916-319-2043||@mikegatto|
|Assembly Member Frank Bigelow (R) Vice Chair [Kirk Kimmelshue — Legislative Aide]||916-319-2105||916-319-2005||@frankbigelowCA|
|Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra (D)||916-319-2139||916-319-2039|
|Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D) Andrea Perry — Legislative Aide||916-319-2162||916-319-2062||@stevenbradford|
|Assembly Member Ian Calderon (D)||916-319-2157||916-319-2057||@iancalderon|
|Assembly Member Nora Campos (D)||916-319-2127||916-319-2027|
|Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (R) [Amanda Morello Communications Assistant]||916-319-2133||916-319-2033||@asmtimdonnelly|
|Assembly Member Susan Eggman (D)||916-319-2113||916-319-2013||@susaneggman|
|Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez (D)||916-916-319-2151||916-319-2051||@jimmygomezCA|
|Assembly Member Chris Holden (D)||916-319-2141||916-319-2041|
|Assembly Member Brian Jones (R)||916-319-2171||916-319-2071||@asmbrianjones|
|Assembly Member Eric Linder (R)||916-319-2160||916-319-2054||@ericlinder|
|Assembly Member Richard Pan (D)||916-319-2109||916-319-2009|
|Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D)||916-319-2120||916-319-2020|
|Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D)||916-319-2154|
|Assembly Member Donald Wagner (R)||916-319-2168||916-319-2068||@donald_wagner|
|Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D)||916-319-2179||916-319-2079|
Start your letter with
“Dear Assemblymember (last name),”
I am writing….or I reach out to you today….or This fax is …
- voice my opposition to AB 1576.
- encourage you to vote “no” on AB 1576.
- tell you why AB 1576 is a bad idea.
Speak from your perspective
As a performer in adult entertainment,
As a director for adult films,
As an industry professional who has worked on adult sets for x years
As a person supportive of or sympathetic to adult production in California
As a concerned taxpayer
Points to emphasize (choose two or three)
The adult film industry has effective protocols in place to protect performers. The adult film business’ standards and self regulation are very successful as represented by the industry’s low rate of STI transmission and no transmission of HIV on an adult set nationwide in more than 10 years. Daily 5 new cases of HIV are reported in LA County alone. Yet on adult production sets, no transmission of HIV has occurred since 2004 NATIONWIDE
AB 1576 will drive the adult film industry out of California and take tens of thousands of jobs and $5-6 billion in revenues with it. As predicted, adult filming has left LA County with a 95% reduction reported through FilmLA. Some producers have already moved out of California, while others await the result of the legal challenge and word on AB 1576.
AB 1576 Compromises Performer Privacy and Increases Liability – the requirement that producers keep personal medical records for performers not only compromises performer privacy, but also imposes significant increased liability in case of an unforeseen information breach. UPDATE: AB 1576 has been amended and now constitutes an even greater threat to performer privacy.
AB 1576 Imposes a Government Mandate on HIV Testing – While the industry has put in place a comprehensive testing protocol to protect workers, having the government mandate testing, as well as the collection and retention of the STI test results, unconstitutionally infringes on the privacy rights of performers.
AB 1576 will waste valuable resources – HIV funding in CA has already been significantly reduced. Diverting valuable dollars from existing programs to this program will only hurt those already infected with HIV and will reduce the resources to prevent others from contracting the disease.
AB 1576 Interferes with a Pending Lawsuit – AB 1576 is also problematic because it interferes with a lawsuit currently pending in the Federal District Court after oral arguments were heard last month. The lawsuit filed by Vivid Entertainment, as well as adult movie performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, challenges the constitutionality of the recently adopted Los Angeles County ordinance, Measure B. The provisions in Measure B are very similar to the provisions in AB 1576 and may likewise violate the Free Speech Guarantees of the First Amendment. It is unwise for the Legislature to approve a proposal whose constitutionality is in the midst of litigation. The judicial system should be given an opportunity to conclude its review with a decision expected in 6-12 months.
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