UPDATE: (8/18/2014) The adult industry voice was finally heard as Assembly Bill 1576 remained in suspense at the Senate Appropriations Hearing. AB1576 was, among other industry damaging issues, a condom mandate bill not unlike Measure B which has proved nothing but a failure for LA County. AB1576 proposed a condom mandate, performer privacy violations and problematic testing protocols which were less stringent that what the industry currently has in place. The troubled bill would have put the industry performers at greater work place risk and moved the larger producers out of California taking millions of tax dollars with it. AB 1576 was drafted without performer input or consent - a point that was continually hammered home by the over 650 performers who openly opposed the bill. Even with the number performers who vocally opposed AB 1576, the bill's author continued to hold the line that he needed to "speak on behave of those who do not have a voice". On August 14th, performers voices where heard and AB1576 was held on suspense. The industry will continue to enforce its rigorous testing standards using the performer developed PASS system which standards are so well refined we have been able to keep HIV out of the talent pool for over a decade. That is a fact - there has not been a SINGLE on set transmission of HIV in over a decade. The NY Times labeled the adult industry as the "unlikely model for HIV prevention" and throughout the last few weeks, the LA Times has published several articles including an editorial on why AB1576 is a bad bill. Today, sex workers can celebrate an albeit small, but solid victory of validation.
(8/11/14) We successful put the bill into suspense on August 4th at The Senate Appropriations Hearing, now we need your help to keep it there. We will know on August 14th where AB1576 will stay in suspense or go to the senate floor for a vote. There is still time to help us and make a difference.
If you live in California, please visit ab1576.org and send a fax to your district Senator urging them to oppose ab1576. This will help us.
If you live outside of California, please continue to spread the word via social media to #stopAB1576 and circulate this change.org petition for more signatures.
Thank you everyone for you help and support. This grass roots rally is gaining National attention as people hear our message that a bill written by politicians for political gain is NOT the key to workplace safety and if fact harms the people it sets out to supposedly protect.
Current news articles of interest -
LA Times Op-Ed on "Why Porn and Condoms don't Mix"
Free Speech Coalition - "9 most outrageous flaws in AHFd performer STI study"
Thank you for your continued support!
AB1576 IS BEING HEARD IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ON AUGUST 4TH, 2014. OVER 600 PERFORMERS HAVE SIGNED A PETITION IN STRINGENT OPPOSITION. AS A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO DEFEAT THIS DANGEROUS BILL, WE NEED YOUR HELP. YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO #STOPAB1576. GO TO AB1576.ORG AND SIGN THE ONLINE FAX PETITION TODAY. YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SECURE ADULT PERFORMERS' SAFETY AND RIGHT TO CHOOSE TODAY!
AB1576 will be voted on by the Senate June 25th. Please use the online fax option at AB1576.org and contact committee members to help the cause. We can defeat AB1576 but only with your help.
UPDATE (5/28): The hotly contested AB1576 narrowly passed the State Assembly yesterday, using debunked studies about adult performers. It will now move to the Senate. Please tell your legislators that this bill will harm performers!
WHAT IS AB 1576?
AB 1576 is a bill sponsored by Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and introduced by assembly member Isadore Hall III (D – Compton). AB 1576 is a bill like LA’s Measure B condom law, plus it also imposes a controversial government mandate on testing, forcing producers to disclose performers' STI test details to the Department of Industrial Relations. In effect, performers will be forced to waive their privacy rights in order to work.
WHY AB 1576 IS A BAD BILL
If passed, AB 1576 will compromise performer safety, privacy, and choice, and drive adult production out of California, with a loss of a multi-billion-dollar industry.
HOW TO STOP AB 1576
This best way we can help fight this bill is to Fax the Members of the Appropriations Committee and tell them we oppose AB1576.