Reprinted from XBIZ (4/9/13, here)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — AB 332 moved forward today after a California Legislative panel voted 6-1 in favor of the bill.
[according to AVN (here), the actual vote was 5-1 due to one Assemblymember no show]
The bill, introduced in February by Assemblyman Isadore Hall from Compton, Calif., mirrors Measure B, which makes condoms mandatory for porn shoots in Los Angeles County.
Hall’s proposal, denounced by adult entertainment trade group Free Speech Coalition and a majority of the industry, was heard this morning by the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media legislative committee.
The hour-long hearing included testimony against the proposal from director Eli Cross, attorney Karen Tynan, performers Alana Evans and Lydia Lee and the FSC’s Diane Duke.
“This bill will not change how we shoot; it will only will change where we shoot,” Cross said. “Make no mistake: this bill is punitive in nature. This bill is designed to dismantle this industry. To add insult to injury, the bill was introduced without any input from the adult entertainment industry whatsoever.”
Cross said that already the industry is moving productions out of Los Angeles County, where Measure B was passed by voters mandating barrier protection for performers.
“I’m personally shooting a film where the entire cast and crew are making roundtrips to Ventura and Mojave,” Cross said. “Because we will not shoot in L.A. County. It is happening.”
Cross went on to say that many studios are considering to bolt the Golden State permanently. He said that Vivid Entertainment is contemplating building a new soundstage in Nevada or Ventura — but not California…
The legislative committee is composed of seven state assembly members: Richard Bloom, the bill’s co-author; Ian Calderon; Marie Waldron; Cheryl Brown; Jimmy Gomez; Marc Levine; and Scott Wilk, the only legislator who voted against AB 332 on Tuesday. (full text here)
I did not know Ventura was outside California…
“Scott Wilk, the only legislator who voted against AB 332…” Scott is a Republican representing California’s 38th District, which encompasses Simi Valley, the northern section of the San Fernando Valley, Val Verde, Castaic, Agua Dulce, and most of the Santa Clarita Valley. Good to know.
AB332 now moves to the Labor and Employment Committee, which is expected to hold a hearing on the bill on April 24, 2013. That committee is chaired by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (@Roger_Hernandez) and vice-chaired by Assemblymember Mike Morrell (@MikeMorrellGOP).
Adult industry: you MUST start paying attention, you MUST begin to organize and focus.
Friends and fans of adult entertainment: you must support the industry you love. The time is now.
You can read all about my thoughts on this matter, including references to research that calls AB332 into sharp question, right —> here.
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