Assemblyman Isadore Hall has revived his attempt to require porn actors to use condoms during filming, and proponents don't want to see his proposal stall again.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has launched a campaign that includes robo-calls targeting another lawmaker they say is "single-handedly blocking" Hall's bill.
Its efforts follow a porn industry announcement Friday that a third adult-film actor has tested positive for HIV.
Hall, a Compton Democrat, authored a bill earlier this year mirroring the Los Angeles County measure that bars unprotected sex by porn actors. That bill failed in committee.
Soon after, Hall said he believed Assembly Appropriations Chairman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, was the reason.
Late last month, Hall gutted AB 640 and replaced it with his stalled bill. Now, the foundation has paid for 100,000 robo-calls claiming that Gatto is holding up the current bill. Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said Hall had nothing to do with the decision to target Gatto.
For his part, Gatto pointed out that the measure is now in the Senate, not the Assembly.
"I suppose I should be flattered, but the fact is, I simply don't control the Senate of the state of California," Gatto said Friday.
Want to follow the progress of key bills at the Capitol in the final week of session? Our new Capitol Alert Insider Edition app is available for either your iPhone or iPad. You'll be prompted to pay $19.99 a month or $199 a year.
"Dinner conversation at our house: my 3-year-old saying how much she dislikes peas; me saying how much I dislike 'Gut and Amends.' "
ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE GATTO, D-Los Angeles, via Twitter