SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 27 A bill requiring
pornographic film actors to wear condoms during sex scenes
easily passed the California State Assembly on Tuesday despite
resistance from most of the adult film industry.
The bill would also require employers to test pornography
film actors regularly for sexually transmitted diseases.
The lower house passed the measure 48-13, with 19 Assembly
members not voting. The bill now goes to the Senate.
State Assembly member Isadore Hall, a Democrat from Compton
who authored the bill, has hailed the measure as a public health
effort aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, the virus that
causes AIDS, within the pornography industry.
Adult film actors are 10 times more likely to contract a
sexually transmitted disease than the general public, according
to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a group that sponsored the
The Free Speech Coalition, which represents the pornography
industry, calls the law "a morality crusade" aimed at driving a
legal business out of California.
The coalition has warned that further regulations on condoms
and the regular testing of actors would force the film sector,
worth an estimated $9 billion to $13 billion a year, from the
The 13 Assembly members who voted against the bill include
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly and other
lawmakers who are largely from areas in or surrounding Los
Angeles County, where most U.S. adult films are shot.
(Reporting by Jennifer Chaussee)