Costs California Jobs and Revenue
With an effective date of January 1, 2015, AB 1576 will drive the adult ﬁlm industry out of California and take tens of thousands of jobs with it. The threat to leave CA is real. Kink.com, for example, has already committed to contingency plans to move most of its production to Las Vegas if AB 1576 passes. Since Measure B passed, adult ﬁlming has ﬂed LA County, with a 95% reduction reported through FilmLA. Some producers have already moved out of California, while others await the result of the legal challenge and word on AB 1576. Furthermore, the shift in skilled editors, crews, and fully-equipped studios just across the border will make ﬁlming in more business-friendly Nevada an even more viable and attractive alternative for main-stream "Hollywood" ﬁlm producers.
Reduces Legitimacy and Safety
AB 1576 will push many adult productions underground. Smaller producers that can't afford to move will go underground, eliminating the security and silencing the openness that adult performers are afforded from working in a legal, transparent industry.
Wastes Public Funds
In a time of ﬁnancial crisis in California, it is diffcult to justify the hundreds of thousands of dollars that would be required for the state to defend an appeal of the law and continuously monitor, enforce, and prosecute the elements of AB 1576. These costs do not even consider the lost jobs and revenue of productions leaving the state en masse. HIV funding in CA has already been signiﬁcantly reduced. Diverting valuable dollars from existing programs to this program will only hurt those already infected with HIV and will reduce the resources to prevent others from contracting the disease.