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Adult films made in California can remain condom free

A California bill that would have required actors in adult films to use condoms failed to make it past the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.

“In a year where the legislature and I have focused heavily on protecting California’s film industry, it is unfortunate that some legislators don’t believe that protection should include keeping California actors safe while they are at work,” said Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D), who sponsored the bill, in a statement.

AB1576 would have required employers protect actors from exposure to sexually transmitted diseases through condoms, vaccinations, medical monitoring, and health and information training, but those opposed to it argue it’s unnecessary.

“Right now, there’s a real investment in safety protocol,” said  Mike Stabile, a spokesperson for Free Speech Coalition, noting actors are tested every two weeks and have a financial incentive to be safe. “For us, this was a political stunt. It was more about an easy target, which as the industry.”

Condoms are required for filming in Los Angeles County, following the passage of Measure B, a ballot measure voters approved in 2012. Since then, the number of adult films made in the county have plummeted. In 2012, it’s estimated 480 adult film permits were issued. In 2013, that number dropped to 40, and so far, there have been 20 issued in 2014, according to Film LA.

“What we saw with Measure B is that the large production companies moved out of state or overseas,” Stabile said, while some smaller production companies filmed without permits. “That makes the workplace less safe.”

 

Hunter Schwarz covers the intersection of politics and pop culture for the Washington Post

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