STOP AB1576

WHAT IS AB 1576?

AB 1576 is a bill sponsored by Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and introduced by assemblymember Isadore Hall (D – Compton). AB 1576 is a bill like LA’s Measure B condom law, plus it also imposes a controversial government mandate on testing, forcing producers to disclose performers' STI test details to the Department of Industrial Relations. In effect, performers will be forced to waive their privacy rights in order to work.

WHY AB 1576 IS A BAD BILL

If passed, AB 1576 will compromise performer safety, privacy, and choice, and drive adult production out of California, with a loss of a multi-billion-dollar industry. Learn more.

HOW TO STOP AB 1576

The best way you can help fight this bill is by faxing members of the Senate Labor Committee with a personal letter expressing your opposition to the bill. Learn more.

Contact Members of The Senate Appropriations Committee


1) Type your zip code into the search box below. If your zip code matches a Senator of Appropriations, go to step 2. If it does not, go to step 3.
2) If your zip code matches, please select that Senator from the check boxes and personalize your letter by stating that you live in their district. Follow the prompts below for more information on how to write an effective letter.
3) If your zip code is not in a Senator of Appropriations district - we can still use your help! Select any or all of the Senators from the list and write a letter that expresses your opposition to AB 1576. Follow the prompts below for more information on how to write an effective letter.



Find Your Senator




Compose Your Letter

Speak from your perspective. For example:
As a performer in the adult entertainment industry,
As a director for adult films,
As an adult industry professional,
As a person supportive of adult production in California,
As a business owner,
As a healthcare professional,
As a concerned taxpayer,

If writing to your district Senator, mention it. For example:
and as a resident of the district you represent,
and as a member of your constituency,

State the purpose of your letter. For example:
I am writing to voice my opposition to AB 1576.

Include several salient points. For example:

The adult film industry has effective protocols in place to protect performers. The adult film industry’s standards and self regulation are very successful as represented by the industry’s low rate of STI transmission and no transmission of HIV on an adult set nationwide in more than 10 years. Five new cases of HIV are reported daily in LA County alone, yet on adult production sets, no transmission of HIV has occurred since 2004 nationwide.

AB 1576 will drive the adult film industry out of California, eliminating tens of thousands of jobs and costing the state 5-6 billion dollars in revenue. As predicted, after passing of Isadore Hall's previous misguided initiative, LA’s Measure B "Condom Law", adult filming has fled LA County, with a 95% reduction reported through FilmLA. In reaction to the looming prospect of state-wide application of AB 1576, some producers have already moved out of California, while others await the result of the legal challenge and pending outcome of AB 1576.

AB 1576 is based on distorted information. While Isadore Hall and his supporters mislead the public by pointing to data showing five documented HIV transmissions in 2013 among individuals who have acted in adult films, effectively misrepresenting correlation as causation, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health in fact drew no conclusive link between HIV and adult film production in 2013, and notes that such connections are difficult to determine.

AB 1576 imposes a government mandate on HIV Testing. While the industry has put in place a comprehensive testing protocol to protect workers, having the government mandate testing, as well as the collection and retention of the STI test results, unconstitutionally infringes on the privacy rights of performers.

AB 1576 will waste valuable resources-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.

AB 1576 interferes with a pending lawsuit. AB 1576 is also problematic because it interferes with a lawsuit currently pending in the Federal District Court after oral arguments were heard last month. The lawsuit filed by Vivid Entertainment, as well as adult movie performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, challenges the constitutionality of the recently adopted Los Angeles County ordinance, Measure B. The provisions in Measure B are very similar to the provisions in AB 1576 and may likewise violate the Free Speech Guarantees of the First Amendment. It is unwise for the Legislature to approve a proposal whose constitutionality is in the midst of litigation. The judicial system should be given an opportunity to conclude its review with a decision expected in 6-12 months.

AB 1576 compromises performer privacy and increases liability. This bill imposes a controversial government mandate on testing, forcing producers to disclose performers' STI test details to the Department of Industrial Relations. In effect, performers will be forced to waive their privacy rights in order to work.

AB1576 FACTS

Misrepresents Research Findings by Distorting Data

AB 1576 is based on distorted information. While Isadore Hall and his supporters mislead the public by pointing to data showing five documented HIV transmissions in 2013 among individuals who have acted in adult films, effectively misrepresenting correlation as causation, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, in fact, drew no conclusive link between HIV and adult film production in 2013, and notes that such connections are difficult to determine.

Opposed by Performers

The adult film industry already has a comprehensive testing protocol to protect workers. In addition to the low rate of STI transmission, there has been no transmission of HIV on a regulated adult set nationwide in 10 years.

Weakens HIV Test Quality

The industry's own current protocols for testing are more rigorous than those of the CDC or Department of Public Health Standards. AB 1576 requires only the less-accurate "rapid HIV antibody" test (with a window period of approximately 812 weeks between infection and detectability), whereas all major producers now use the gold standard "HIV viral load" method (with a window of 7-10 days). Most adult film producers already require full-panel STI testing no earlier than 14 days prior to any sexual shoot.

Creates Privacy and Liability Risks

AB1576 threatens performer privacy and increases liability. Producers will be required to receive STI tests from performers and disclose details to the Department of Industrial Relations. This means performers will be forced to waive their privacy rights in order to work. This not only compromises performer privacy, but also imposes significant increased liability in case of an unforeseen information breach.

Ends Freedom of Choice

AB 1576 would even requires condoms and testing for married, monogamous performers who shoot exclusively with each other. Performers, like all citizens of a democratic society, should keep their right to decide for their own bodies.

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.