Advocates Submit Official Language for Condoms in Porn California Ballot Measure

Groups first announced plans for ballot measure in November; today, safer sex advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and FAIR (For Adult Industry Responsibility), submitted official text of a 2016 California statewide ballot initiative for title and summary as a prelude to signature gathering.

Proposed statewide California law will require condom use in all adult films shot anywhere in the state.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing campaign to improve and strengthen state law on the use of condoms in adult films produced in California in an effort to reduce the spread of STDs, including HIV, safer sex advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) as well as from FAIR (For Adult Industry Responsibility), the formal campaign committee that will shepherd signature gathering for the ballot initiative process, today submitted the official text of a 2016 California statewide ballot initiative for (proposed) title and summary as a prelude to signature gathering. Plans for the proposed initiative—a statewide California law that will require condom use in all adult films shot anywhere in the state—were previously announced by the group in November. The measure will be formally known as “The California Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act.”

“Given the probability of strong support from California voters, we are confident that this no-nonsense workplace safety measure will become the law of the land, providing much-needed additional protection to California workers”

Advocates aim to have the condoms in porn measure qualified to appear on the November 2016 Presidential election California ballot. Initial polling of 1,158 California voters that the group conducted on the statewide measure in mid-September 2014 showed overwhelming support for the proposed law—71% answered ‘yes’—when asked how they would vote on such a measure were the election held today.

“Given the probability of strong support from California voters, we are confident that this no-nonsense workplace safety measure will become the law of the land, providing much-needed additional protection to California workers,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and one of the five formal proponents of the ballot measure. “We sadly just witnessed another HIV infection directly tied to the adult industry this fall—an outcome that consistent and correct condom use could have prevented.”

When condom advocates first announced plans for the statewide ballot measure in November (link to full press announcement here), Cameron Adams, who became HIV-positive while working in the adult film industry in August 2013, said at the time: “The adult film industry exposed me to blood on set because they just wanted to finish a scene. I did everything the adult film industry told me to do, and now I am HIV-positive … I am proud to support and participate in this California-wide ballot initiative to require the use of condoms in all adult films. Being exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious material shouldn’t be considered part of the job. It’s time for California voters to support fairness.”

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 382,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.

18 Replies to “Advocates Submit Official Language for Condoms in Porn California Ballot Measure”

  1. LurkingReader

    Haven’t checked around in the last few weeks but the highlighted section matches what I’ve been hearing for the past year…this is a NATIONWIDE plan that starts in California.

    Using the 2016 presidential election is a smart move not just for the turnout but for the pre election process where more money is needed for every candidate and more donors make their voices heard. also matches what I’ve heard about Healthy People 2020 and the schedule Federal OSHA is on to revamp national BBP policies. Last month Federal OSHA closed public comment on record keeping policy changes but have 12-18 months before they submit it for approval….it’s very rare that these are rejected at that point. Which makes the coming Cal/OSHA public comment that much more important.

    What I know without a doubt…if porn sticks to same old kicking and screaming “you can’t” toddler temper tantrums they like toddlers will find out …oh yes they can.

  2. jilted

    the entire porn industry coudl BARELY raise half a million dollars to fight Measure B, and with all the major newspapers, Republicans, and a whole lot of other endorsements, the FSC still managed to get trounced. There is no way in hell they can raise the money necessary for a statewide battle, especially during a Presidential election cycle. And look for AHF to pay MORe attention to the HIV in the gay industry.

    What is Dianne Duke and FSC response going to be when AHF puts their focus on the 30-50% HIV rate in the gay industry. LOL

  3. jilted

    havent given it a thourough reading yet, but you just gotta love all those sections regarding AGENTS liability in booking scenes that are not compliant. Under this law(and current law) it wont be long before every agent is gone, that is if they enforce the law. There is ALOT about agents in this proposed law.

  4. LurkingReader

    @erik2690

    Ever hear of RINO? It means Republican in name only. California and New York lead the pack with RINO as a way of upholding our top two tier political process.

    A couple of the Republicans Jilted is referencing actually started as Democrats before switching over to use name recognition for elections they knew they had no way of defeating their Democrat opponents.

    Florida leads the DINO game.

    This is why it’s important to look beyond glossy brochure mailers before voting for any candidate IMO.

  5. common sense

    @michael Fattorosi: thank you for confirming that lurking Reader has no clue what she is talking about! Apparently this housewife/grand mom thinks she knows more than a lawyer does now too! Lol!!!

  6. common sense

    @jilted: agents liability in booking scenes that are not compliant?
    It won’t be long before every agent is gone?
    AWESOME news! I LOVE it!
    I have total faith in Michael Weinstein. He will make sure this law gets enforced!
    Bye bye agents! Lol!! 🙂

  7. LurkingReader

    @commonsense

    Nice try but to my knowledge @pornlaw neither reads or posts here though I’d be interested to see how he handles asshole trolls like you who are wasting air playing rah rah this rah rah that boohoo this boohoo that without the first clue to policy development.

    Moving on I have 12 pages of policy to play with…which includes stuff like covering each line to see if the policy stands the severability test and other fun things like pointing out that there is no definition for CA Dept of Labor where this policy will be plopped but there is a definition for OSHA as the ‘Division’

    Have a nice day asshole troll 😉

  8. common sense

    Lol! I couldn’t get through what ya wrote but I did see the part where you told me to have a nice day, asshole troll! What’s the matter? My truth is bothering ya? Ha ha haha

    Oh, I will have a nice day, thanks! 🙂

  9. LurkingReader

    First read on the Act is that it will pass pushing the HIV angle but will fail in places via litigation down the road when other less narrowly focused groups get involved and even more muddy if more narrowly focused groups get hit with this via Cal/ OSHA or the division.

    Cal/OSHA didn’t limit their October 2013 draft OPIM policy to the adult film industry which opens a whopping can of worms as these regs would apply to every NON-MEDICAL workplace where OPIM exposure may occur.

    Will give a more detailed take once I’ve marked up the 12 pages with the 20+ page OSHA draft in mind.

  10. LurkingReader

    @commonsense

    Sorry to disappoint you’re as bothersome as a toddler or pre-adolescent who can’t help themselves…having taught thousands you’re just the asshole du jour 🙂

  11. jilted

    If you knew one tenth of what you try to make people believe you do, you would know that a large republican group in California came out against Measure B. Even with republican groups, every major newspaper in the state, and a host of new media outlets coming out against Measure B, it still passed by a very comfortable margin.

  12. erik2690

    Yeah, no that absolutely makes total sense. lol. Connect ‘No on B’ to Republicans that’s not silly at all. What side most Republicans line up on this issue? I’m sorry, but you have to side with them on this lol. Don’t try to pawn off the crazy uncle party as strong against condoms. I’m sure there were plenty of Republicans who did back it for whatever reason, but you made it sound like it was a broader thing.

  13. LurkingReader

    @Jilted

    If you recall I was pointing out several of these CA politicians through the process…RINO or DINO makes no difference to me if they can’t be trusted to vote their constituency over their pockets.

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