April 30, 2014 | by Staff reports
Condom porn bill passes committee in Calif.
Joshua Rodgers, Rod Daily, condom, gay news, Washington Blade

‘These are employees, and they have the right to be protected,’ said Joshua Rodgers, who performed in gay porn under the stage name Rod Daily. (Photo courtesy Rodgers)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill that would require adult film actors to wear condoms during productions anywhere in California and to be tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases passed a committee vote this week, the Associated Press reports.

AB1576 is the third attempt by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton) to expand statewide a Los Angeles mandate approved by voters in 2012.

Public health advocates and some porn stars call the bill a basic workplace safety measure that will prevent the spread of disease, the AP article said.

“These are employees, and they have the right to be protected just like any other employee in any other job or business,” said Joshua Rodgers, who performed in gay porn under the stage name Rod Daily. He said he stopped performing after routine testing showed he contracted HIV, though he does not blame a porn shoot for the diagnosis, the article said.

The Free Speech Coalition, an adult entertainment trade group, says production has been leaving Los Angeles since voters approved Measure B in 2012. A federal appeals court is expected to rule on a lawsuit challenging the law later this year, the AP article said. Many have moved to Nevada where fees are lower and there’s little regulation, the article said.

The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where a similar one stalled last year.

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