The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has issued a call to action regarding Assembly Bill 332, the proposed bill to mandate barrier protection in adult content productions in the state of California. (read my breakdown of AB332 —> here)
AB332 is scheduled to go before the State Assembly Labor Committee on April 24, 2013.
Please recall that AB332 moved forward through the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media legislative committee on April 9, 2013. The upcoming April 24th meeting marks the second bout of hearings… AB332 is moving forward, not back.
Below is a letter (verbatim from FSC) that can be copied and pasted into an email or other document format and then sent to the Labor Committee representatives (publicly available contact info listed below). Please, regardless of your opinion, reach out to these legislators by email, written letter, fax, or phone.
Incidentally, I say “regardless of your opinion” because, regardless of your opinion, you must take action and make your experiences, thoughts, etc known. No one is qualified to speak for you… but if you never make your voice heard, someone else is definitely gonna try.
Please send your message before April 24, 2013. Now is the time to be heard!!
Assembly Bill 332 is being brought before State Assembly Labor Committee, authored by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (Democrat, 64th District—Compton) and co-authored by Assemblymember 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.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has been the only sponsor of this legislation, which 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 and safety, in fact this legislation threatens to destroy adult film industry’s self-regulation and a rigorous STD testing program that has proved effective in 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. 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.
Here is contact information for the members of the California State Assembly Labor Committee. Make sure to send your correspondence to each person. Clearly Luis Alejo has a lot of addresses…
Assemblymember Roger Hernandez
100 North Barranca Street
West Covina, CA 91791
Tel: (626) 960-4457
Fax: (626) 960-1310
Assemblymember Jeff Gorell
2659 Townsgate Rd Suite 236
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Assemblymember Mike Morrell
10604 Trademark Parkway North, Suite #308
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Tel: (909) 466-9096
Fax: (909) 466-9892
Assemblymember Luis Alejo
100 West Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Tel: (831) 759-8676
Fax: (831) 759-2961
365A 4th Street
Hollister, CA 95023
Tel: (831) 638-3228
275 Main Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Every Wednesday 9am-5pm
Phone: (831) 761-7428
Assemblymember Ed Chau
205 South Chapel Avenue, Suite B
Alhambra, CA 91801
Tel: (626) 382-0049
Fax: (626) 382-0048
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
1910 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3350
Tel: (213) 483-5151
Fax: (213) 483-5166
Assemblymember Chris Holden
600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91107
Tel: (626) 351-1917
And since I would never suggest you all do something that I’m not doing too, know that my letters will be in the (e)mail by the end of today… and they will be written in strong opposition to AB332… because, given everything I’ve learned and seen, AB332 is a bad idea.
But YOU, member of the adult industry, and YOU, friend or fan of adult entertainment, need to speak up. YOUR thoughts/concerns/experiences/opinions/etc are relevant and must be taken into consideration…
…because at this moment the only opinions being heard are those of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. And trust me – these opinions are not “informed” by anything other than (the idea of) money, patronizing arrogance, and visions of megalomaniacal glory. There is no consideration for performers’ welfare, nor is there any comprehension of the negative impact AB332 will have on the adult industry community, the state of California, and our entire collective culture.
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