AB 1576 to Be Heard by Appropriations Panel on Monday

A state Senate panel on Monday will weigh whether AB 1576, the bill that would mandate condom use on all adult productions shot in California, moves forward.

The state Senate Appropriations Committee will decide whether it is worth it for taxpayers to put stringent measures on an industry that has, for the most part, regulated itself.

The vote likely will come down to the dollars and cents scribed down in a new analysis of the bill that will be released on Thursday, according to the Free Speech Coalition’s chief executive officer, Diane Duke.

Duke told XBIZ on Wednesday that the bill likely could end up in the so-called “suspense file” and stall because the expenditure to facilitate the bill exceeds $50,000, a threshold for bills that are destined to go on to the full state Senate.

“A key date is Aug. 15, when we will learn whether the bill moves forward for a vote by the full Senate, or it goes to ‘suspense,’ ” Duke said. “We think it will go to the ‘suspense’ file.”

Monday’s vote will be taken by Senate Appropriations Committee members Sens. Kevin de León, Mimi Walters, Ted Gaines, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Alex Padilla and Darrell Steinberg.

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