AB 332 Is Amended to Revise Proposed Effective Date

Rhett Pardon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assembly Bill 332 has been amended to move forward its proposed effective date by six months to Jan. 1, 2015.

The amended bill, published yesterday, also drops its "emergency" status and clarifies some language.

The piece of legislation, introduced in February by state Assemblyman Isadore Hall from Compton, Calif., mirrors Measure B, which makes condoms mandatory for porn shoots in Los Angeles County.

If passed, AB 332 was scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2014;  however, Terry Schanz, press secretary for Hall, AB 332's author, said more time would be needed because there are so many stakeholders involved.

"The revised regulation date gives Cal/OSHA, industry stakeholders and the public time to complete the regulatory process that the industry and the agency have been working on for several years," Schanz told XBIZ. "Mr. Hall is simply establishing a reasonable deadline for those regulations to be completed."

The bill also has been altered to drop language requiring that health and safety programs must be approved by Cal/OSHA for producers. Instead the bill nowmakes provisions only for programs that meet requirements of the state's Injury and Illness Prevention Program and the bloodborne  pathogens standard.

Schanz said the changes to the amendment, particularly the provisions on performer prevention, were clarifying in nature.  

"The bill explicitly states that screening for STDs is a critical public health measure and should be employed wherever possible, including the adult film industry," Schanz said. "Therefore, requiring condoms for filmed commercial anal or vaginal penetrative sex acts should not be construed to impede or replace STD screening of adult film actors using STD screening protocols established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state Department of Public Health and the public health department in the county where the filming occurs."

AB 332 moved forward earlier this month in the Legislature after the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media committee voted 5-1 in favor of the bill.

On Wednesday, AB 332 is scheduled to go before the State Assembly Labor Committee at the state Capitol in Sacramento.

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