Free Speech Coalition is issuing a call-to-action to all its members and opponents of Assembly Bill 332, the proposed bill to mandate barrier protection in adult film productions in California. AB 332 is scheduled to go before the State Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 8.
Below you will find a letter that can be copied and pasted into a document and then FAXED to the Appropriations Committee representatives listed below. Please, reach out to these legislators by FAX to tell them that you oppose AB 332. We have been advised that FAX is the most effective platform for communication.
Please, send your message before May 8 and help us fight the good fight. Now is the time to come together and voice your opposition to AB 332 – before the industry is driven out of California, or another dime of taxpayer money is wasted on this poorly written law.
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Assembly Bill 332 is being brought before State Assembly Appropriations Committee, authored by Assembly Member Isadore Hall III, (Democrat, 64th District – Compton) and co-authored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom, (Democrat, 50th District – Santa Monica).
This proposed legislation is overbroad and was written without the input of those most affected by it – the producers and performers of the adult film industry. If allowed by California lawmakers, AB 332 will effectively drive the adult industry out of California to areas where responsible, appropriate regulation will be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce.
Mandating barrier protection use will effectively drive adult producers out of California, taking thousands of jobs and billions in revenue with them. A recently reported dramatic drop in requests for adult film permits in Los Angeles County clearly indicates that the adult film production industry does not support the local Measure B “condom” ordinance, and that it absolutely opposes AB 332.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has been the only sponsor of this legislation that is an offshoot of the Measure B legislation passed in Los Angeles in November. Presently, adult producer Vivid Entertainment and two other plaintiffs are suing the County of Los Angeles because of Measure B; at the very least, any decision on state legislation should wait until a decision is delivered in the local case.
While AHF would have constituents believe that AB 332 (and Measure B) are based on protocols for workplace health & safety, in fact this legislation threatens to destroy adult film industry self-regulation and a rigorous STD testing program that has proved effective at protecting the health and safety of performers since it was instituted in 1998. AHF has used significant funding (to the tune of more than $5 million by some estimates) and misleading information to sway legislators and the public.
In fact, the adult film industry is a legal and responsible industry. The STD testing program (APHSS.org) was developed to effectively manage risk and has been successful at nearly eliminating “outbreaks” of STDs. There has not been an on-set incidence of HIV infection since 2004. Both producers and performers are voluntarily compliant with the industry-appropriate standards that are currently observed, but that would not be the case if condom (and other barrier protection) use were mandated.
In any case, matters related to workplace safety fall under the jurisdiction of state agency Cal-OSHA; to shift responsibility for enforcement of any workplace safety-related legislation to local municipalities and counties is an unnecessary burden to taxpayers in those locations, who would be charged with providing significant resources and infrastructure in order to provide enforcement of such legislation.
Please, do not support AB 332 – this legislation is poorly written, unnecessarily overbroad and addresses a problem that doesn’t exist. Thank you for your time.
FAX to House Appropriations Committee Members:
Assembly Member Mike Gatto
300 East Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 558-3043
Fax: (818) 558-3042
Assembly Member Diane L. Harkey
29122 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite #111
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Tel: (949) 347-7301
Fax: (949) 347-7302