The recently passed Los Angeles County law requiring actors in adult films to use condoms could be expanded statewide under a bill introduced in the California legislature this week.
The bill is aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among the actors who work on films that portray explicit sex.
A similar measure was approved by voters in Los Angeles County last November.
The bill was introduced Tuesday by Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), who said the local measure won up to 75 percent support in the parts of his district that are within the city of Los Angeles when it was on the ballot.
"In the lower socioeconomic communities and among people of color we have the highest rate of HIV and STD (sexually transmitted disease) than any other," he said. "So it resonates in my district. It resonates for the people I represent."
More than that, however, Hall said the bill is intended as a workplace safety measure – ensuring that people who work on adult movie sets are not exposed to infection on the job.
An actor wearing a condom during a porn shoot, he said, is little different from a dentist wearing a rubber glove when examining someone’s mouth.