Despite condom bill's failure, lawmaker keeps its spirit alive
Assemblyman Isadore Hall saw his bill requiring California's adult film industry to use condoms die in committee last month, but he's not giving up on promoting safe sex.
The Compton Democrat is keeping a bowl of condoms in his office, courtesy of his bill's sponsors, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
"Even though the bill is dead, I will keep them there," Hall said Thursday. "Anywhere you can promote safe sex and do everything you can to stop the spread of disease, that's a priority," he added. "This stuff is real."
Hall said he's still surprised that Assembly Bill 332 didn't make it off the suspense file in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
"I was given absolutely no reason why," he said. "It did not come out of the general fund (budget). It passed two committees with zero 'no' votes. It had bipartisan support."
Hall said he plans to pursue the same bill next year. In the meantime, he's supporting a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, to require that prisons make condoms available to inmates.
Bonta's bill passed the Assembly 48-27 on Wednesday and is headed to the Senate.
"I think protection is important, no matter where you are," Hall said.
BY THE NUMBERS
Voting among California's Latinos has increased sharply in the past decade more than doubling the group's rate of population growth but it still lags that of other major ethnic groups, a new UC Davis study reveals. Latinos make up 26.3 percent of Californians qualified by age and citizenship to vote, but were just 19.7 percent of the state's voters in 2012.
"At this point, the administration is not comfortable with either of the budgets in conference."
MICHAEL COHEN, Gov. Jerry Brown's deputy finance director, talking Friday to members of the Legislature's joint committee tasked with writing a final state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1