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Assemblyman Isadore Hall, center, seen with colleagues Connie Conway and Jimmy Gomez, right, held a hearing on his measure to require condoms in sex films.

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The Buzz: Porn participants speak up on condom bill

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Bill on film condoms

attracts porn actors

Testimony at legislative committee hearings often features a rotating cast of lobbyists and advocates. The debate can be heated or ho-hum, but the speakers don’t typically raise eyebrows.

Not so with a bill by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, that would require adult film performers to wear condoms or comparable protection.

The legislation advanced out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on Wednesday, but not before some porn participants lined up to offer praise and push-back.

Lorelei Lee called the bill an unnecessary affront to workers’ rights. But Cameron Bay passionately recounted how she became HIV-positive.

Opponents easily outnumbered backers. Among the skeptics who stood up and spoke: Casey Calvert, Maitresse Madeline, Veruca James and Amber Chase.

Colorful names aside, bill backers argue that adult performers are entitled to the same workplace safety guarantees as anyone else.

“When it comes down to it,” Hall said, “adult film actors are employees like any other employees for any other business in the state.”

– Jeremy B. White

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