Legislation that would require actors and actresses in pornographic films to wear condoms during sex acts won approval of an Assembly committee Tuesday despite warnings that it would drive the multi-billion-dollar adult film industry out of the state.
"This is a workforce safety bill," Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Los Angeles, told the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee prior to its 5-1 vote. "We have to protect our workforce."
Assembly Bill 332's provisions are similar to those of a ballot measure that won approval of Los Angeles County voters last year.
Industry representatives told the committee that the Los Angeles ordinance has already pushed some production to other California counties and predicted that if AB 332 becomes law, it will flee to other states.
Hall's measure has support from anti-AIDS groups and one former porn actor, Darren James, who was the center of an outbreak of HIV in the industry nearly a decade ago. But a still-working porn actress, Alana Evans, testified that the industry's testing program is more effective than a condom requirement.