AB 332 to Be Weighed by Calif. Legislative Panel Tuesday

Rhett Pardon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After its first legislative hearing tabled in March, Assembly Bill 332 will be heard for the first time by committee at a hearing at the state capitol on Tuesday.

AB 332 also has been amended to create a new co-author of the bill – Assemblyman Richard Bloom, whose constituents of voters stretch from Hollywood, Calif., to Malibu, Calif.

The bill was introduced in February by Assemblyman Isadore Hall from Compton, Calif., and mirrors Measure B, which makes condoms mandatory for porn shoots in Los Angeles County.

Bloom, who was elected last year to office in his first term on the Legislature, is getting involved in the porn-condom issue because “he considers it a public health issue,” Chris Wheat, Bloom's press secretary, told XBIZ on Friday.

Hall's proposal, denounced by adult entertainment trade group Free Speech Coalition and a majority of the industry, would mandate barrier protection for adult productions shot statewide.

The bill will be heard on Tuesday at the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media legislative committee.

The committee is composed of seven state assembly members: Bloom, Ian Calderon, Marie Waldron, Cheryl Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Marc Levine and Scott Wilk.