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California Proposition 60 to Require Condom Use in Porn Films

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.

What is Proposition 60?

Here’s the details of the bill as listed on Ballotpedia:

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  • Requires performers in adult films to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse.
  • Requires producers of adult films to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations related to sexually transmitted infections.
  • Requires producers of adult films to obtain state health license, and to post condom requirement at film sites.
  • Imposes liability on producers for violations, on certain distributors, on performers if they have a financial interest in the film involved, and on talent agents who knowingly refer performers to noncomplying producers.
  • Permits state, performers, or any state resident to enforce violations.

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.

Why Oppose Proposition 60?

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:

  • The proposition language is poorly drafted.
  • The proposition would lead to many lawsuits that could threaten the safety of adult performers.
  • The proposition would violate worker privacy.
  • The proposition would instate the proponent as a state employee who would review pornographic films for infractions, and only legislators would be able to vote the proponent out of the position if necessary.
  • The proposition would cost taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily.

Survey: Most Californians Support Proposition 60

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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