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California Condom Bill May Be Resurrected

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

One of several bowls of condoms Assemblyman Isadore Hall keeps in his Capitol office to hand out to visitors.

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall said he’ll try to revive his bill that would require condoms be used in adult films, after a judge ruled a similar law in Los Angeles County is constitutional. The adult film industry had challenged LA County’s law saying it infringed on the first amendment.

Hall said adult film workers are employees just like actors on any other movie set.

“You can’t have an individual in a gun scene shoot a real gun and call it a first amendment right to do so,” he said. “We’re required to give them a certain level of protections.”

Hall said his bill had stalled because of questions over its constitutionality, which he says the Los Angeles court ruling resolves.

But the adult film industry will continue to fight. Lobbyist Diane Duke said the business is already overregulated and actors are tested multiple times.

“We’re the professionals that understand what happens on a set,” she said. “Isadore Hall has never even been on a set.”

Hall said 90 percent of the adult film industry is located in California, which generates thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for the state.  

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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.   Read Full Bio