Porn industry condom bill passed in CaliforniaSACRAMENTO, California - Porn performers in California must wear condoms during film shoots and their employers must provide regular testing under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill, AB1576 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, advanced to the Senate on a 41-12 vote, the minimum number of votes needed.
Hall said his bill is a safety measure to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, citing recent industry-imposed moratoriums on adult film shoots after actors were diagnosed.
“Whether you work in agriculture, manufacturing, health care, food service or any other industry, all workers deserve a safe workplace to make a living,” said Hall, who has tried and failed twice before to pass such legislation.
The bill has provoked contentious committee hearings, with adult-film representatives saying it would persuade their industry to flee California.
“Condoms are made for home environments, normal sex and normal time frames,” actress Kayden Kross said in an April hearing.
Other porn actors who have contracted HIV have supported the bill, saying their employers put their health second to profits.