Representatives of Adult Entertainment Industry Meet With Legislators To Discuss Possible Regulation
A delegation of about 18 representatives from the adult entertainment industry on Monday was scheduled to meet with about 80 state lawmakers and legislative staffers to discuss the possibility of increased state regulation of the industry, the Los Angeles Daily News reports (Sheppard, Los Angeles Daily News, 4/26). After adult film actor Darren James tested positive for HIV earlier this month, at least 45 workers who may have had unprotected sex with James or his sex partners agreed to a voluntary work quarantine. Actress Lara Roxx, who worked with James on at least one movie, also tested positive. About 12 companies have agreed to a 60-day production moratorium until HIV testing is completed. Los Angeles County and state officials last week said they believe existing regulations give them the authority to require adult film actors to use condoms during filming (California Healthline, 4/23). The meetings were scheduled as part of the adult entertainment industry's ninth annual lobbying day, which is organized by the Free Speech Coalition. Coalition Executive Director Kat Sunlove said that the industry plans to oppose attempts to require condom usage when filming, adding that the state instead should consider offering incentives to encourage condom use, including tax breaks for producers to offset the cost of HIV testing (Los Angeles Daily News, 4/26).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.