ADULT FILM INDUSTRY TO LOBBY STATE LEGISLATORS.
Byline: - Harrison Sheppard
SACRAMENTO - Adult-film industry actors and executives will converge con·verge
v. con·verged, con·verg·ing, con·verg·es
a. To tend toward or approach an intersecting point: lines that converge.
b. on the state Capitol Capitol, seat of the U.S. Congress
Capitol, seat of the U.S. government at Washington, D.C. It is the city's dominating monument, built on an elevated site that was chosen by George Washington in consultation with Major Pierre L'Enfant. today to talk with lawmakers about the threat of increased regulation following this month's HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. scare.
The industry's ninth annual lobbying trip is organized by the Free Speech Coalition, a group based in Canoga Park that works to protect the industry through lobbying and legal challenges.
``Regulation in and of itself is not a dirty word to us,'' said Kat Sunlove, executive director of the coalition. ``We only are concerned that whatever regulations are put in place are reasonable and fair and, most of all, they are effective.''
She said the industry would oppose attempts to require the use of condoms when filming. But, she said, the state might consider incentives to encourage their use, such as tax breaks for the cost of HIV testing HIV test Various tests have been used to detect HIV and production of antibodies thereto; some HTs shown below are no longer actively used, but are listed for completeness and context. See HIV, Immunoblot. and other measures that would make it good business sense for producers to require or encourage the use of condoms.
Production in the adult-film industry, which is concentrated in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , virtually shut down with the announcement that two performers had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.
The news has also spurred increased scrutiny of the industry, and state and county officials are looking at ways to possibly require the use of condoms in adult films.
Even though the industry has serious issues and is a major employer in the San Fernando Valley, the group may not get a very warm reception in the Capitol, political analysts say.
``I don't think many legislators want to report back to their constituents that they met with porn stars,'' said Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College A member of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna College is a small, highly selective, private coeducational, liberal arts college enrolling about 1100 students with a curricular emphasis on government, economics, and public policy. . ``The trick for a lot of legislators is to pretend not to recognize the people that are coming to visit them.''
Several lawmakers' offices did not return phone calls regarding the planned meetings.
The group of 18 industry representatives is expected to meet with some 80 lawmakers or legislative staffers.
The lobbying delegation includes performer Mary Carey, who ran for governor during the October recall election.
Others on the trip include actress Nina Hartley; Dave Cummings For the musician, see .
Dave Cummings (born David Conners on March 13, 1940 in Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.) is considered one of the oldest porn stars. , who at 63 is considered the oldest active male adult film actor; and Sharon Mitchell, a former actress who is executive director of the Sherman Oaks-based Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation is an organization which tests erotic actors for HIV and other STDs on a scheduled basis. In the 1980s, an outbreak of AIDS caused a number of deaths of erotic actors. , the organization that helps the industry police itself on health issues.