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Condom Bill Moves to Senate

A bill requiring mandatory condom usage on adult film sets has passed the California State Assembly and now moves to the Senate. On Tuesday, lawmakers voted 48-13 in favor of the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, D-Compton. Eighteen lawmakers either abstained or were not present for the vote. San Fernando Valley Assemblymen Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, and Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, voted for the measure, while Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, and Matthew Dababneh, D-Woodland Hills, did not cast votes. The bill requires adult film production companies to set up an exposure control plan for its films that would note what protective measures the performers took, and that performers be tested for sexually transmitted infections not more than 14 days before filming a scene. The legislation follows actions taken in Los Angeles County where voters in 2012 approved Measure B, the ballot initiative requiring condom usage on adult film sets, and by the Los Angeles City Council in January 2012. The Free Speech Coalition, an adult film trade group in Canoga Park, has taken the lead in opposing Hall’s bill, while the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Hollywood health care provider, is a major supporter.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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