Condoms for Porn Stars Initiative Makes California 2016 Ballot

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L.A. County put the initiative on the ballot in 2012.

Proponents of the measure said it is needed to provide statewide rules modeled on those adopted by voters of Los Angeles County in 2012.

In November 2016, Californians will vote on whether adult-film actors should be required to wear condoms in scenes after a ballot initiative was proposed by L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, qualified state officials announced Wednesday.

The statewide initiative, which is modeled closely on the scheme adopted by L.A. County in 2012, was proposed by AHF president Michael Weinstein and passed after securing 366,000 signatures.

"It’s another milestone  the qualification of this initiative," the Los Angeles Times reported Weinstein as saying on Wednesday. "We've taken polls that show, statewide, 71 percent support. We're very confident that we will be successful on Election Day."

"There is no area of employment where safety is optional," added Weinstein.

If passed, the law would require adult-film actors to wear condoms during sex scenes. It also would require movie producers to pay for vaccinations, testing and medical exams for sexual transmitted diseases. Producers also would have to get state health licenses and be proactive on set regarding the rules and regulations on condom use. Violations of the measures could result in fines of up to $70,000.

The AHF has pushed for an expansion of L.A. County measures to stem the flow of productions leaving the area for other parts of California that are less stringent on condom use.

The adult-film industry is opposed to the ballot initiative and has argued that there are existing rules in place, including regular HIV testing. The Free Speech Coalition, a trade body for the adult-film industry, believes the measures would push a legal and regulated industry into unsafe practices.

“If the proposed initiative were to pass, adult performers would immediately be targeted by stalkers and profiteers, who would use the initiatives’ sue-a-performer provision to harass and extort adult performers,” Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke told the Times. "This is an unconscionable initiative that would take a legal and safe industry and push its performers into the shadows."

The adult-film industry also has said that if the measure passes, an increasing number of productions will move out of state, leading to the loss of millions of dollars in state and local taxes.

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