FSC Issues Call to Action Over AB 332

Apr 16, 2013 3:30 PM PST

CANOGA PARK, Calif. — The Free Speech Coalition is issuing a call to action to all members and opponents of Assembly Bill 332, the proposed piece of legislation to mandate barrier protection in adult film productions in California.

AB 332 is scheduled to go before the State Assembly Labor Committee on April 24.

Below is a letter that can be copied and pasted into an email or another document format and then sent to the Labor Committee representatives listed below.

Reach out to these legislators by email, written letter, FAX or phone and tell them that you oppose AB 332.

Send your message before April 24 and help the FSC fight the good fight. Now is the time to come together and voice your opposition to AB 332 – before the industry is driven out of California, or another dime of taxpayer money is wasted on this poorly written law.

For more information on AB 332, or on how you can help oppose condom laws, contact info@freespeechcoalition.com or call (818) 348-9373. Thank you for your help!

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SUBJECT LINE (if emailed): I do NOT support AB 332 – please, stop this waste of taxpayer dollars

Dear [decisionmaker],

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 that 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 & safety, in fact this legislation threatens to destroy adult film industry self-regulation and a rigorous STD testing program that has proved effective at protecting the health and safety of performers since it was instated 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 develop to effectively manage risk and has been successful at 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.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

State Assembly Labor Committee

Contact Info

Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D)

100 North Barranca Street
Suite 895
West Covina, CA 91791

Tel: (626) 960-4457
Fax: (626) 960-1310

assemblymember.hernandez@asembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Jeff Gorel (R)

2659 Townsgate Rd Suite 236
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Tel: 805-230-9167
Fax: 805-230-9183

assemblymember.gorel@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Mike Morrell

10604 Trademark Parkway North, Suite #308
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Tel: (909) 466-9096
F: (909) 466-9892

assemblymember.morrell@aseembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Luis Alejo

Salinas Office:
100 West Alisal Street
Suite 134
Salinas, CA 93901

Tel: (831) 759-8676
Fax: (831) 759-2961

Hollister Office:
Briggs Building
365A 4th Street
Hollister, CA 95023
Tuesdays
10 am-5 pm
Tel: (831) 638-3228

Watsonville Office:
275 Main Street
Suite 104
Watsonville, CA 95076
Every Wednesday
9 am-5 pm
Phone: (831) 761-7428

assemblymember.alejo@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Ed Chau

205 South Chapel Avenue, Suite B
Alhambra, CA 91801

Tel: (626) 382-0049
Fax: (626) 382-0048

assemblymember.chau@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez

1910 West Sunset Boulevard
Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3350

Tel: (213) 483-5151
Fax: (213) 483-5166

assemblymember.gomez@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Chris Holden

600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91107

Tel: (626) 351-1917

assemblymember.holden@assembly.ca.gov

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