Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, proposed Proposition 60 as a way to regulate condom usage and health standards in the porn industry. It was based on a similar initiative approved in Los Angeles County in 2012. The passing of Proposition 60 would make it a statewide requirement.
Here’s the details of the bill as listed on Ballotpedia:
The majority of pro-support funding for this initiative is coming from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, for $1.8 million. It’s obvious why the organization supports the initiative: to prevent the spread of STIs and HIV throughout the California porn industry and thus protecting the greater public as well.
It’s natural to expect the porn industry to oppose this measure. One porn actress previously provided her viewpoint about the measure. This proposition would impose financial hardship on adult film companies, requiring them to have increased administrative responsibilities and healthcare costs, and lead to state and local tax revenue losses exceeding $1 million according to a financial analysis. The state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is working with the industry to create guidelines and regulations; this proposition would undermine those efforts and it’s one of the main reason why some California legislatures oppose it.
Ballotpedia lists the arguments for why opponents decry this proposition:
An L.A. Times/USC Dornsife poll of 1,909 registered voters, conducted by SurveyMonkey, found that 55% of state citizens support the measure. 33% opposes it and 13% has no answer. There was a 20-point gap between males and females (“64% of women polled supported the measure, while only 44% of men did”) and a large majority of minorities supported Proposition 60 (“58% of African Americans and 63% of Latinos”). Keep in mind the limitations of this poll: it was online-only and we don’t know the geographical spread of the voters.
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