Free Speech Coalition has issued the following statement:
CANOGA PARK, Calif – FSC is pleased to report that AB640, a bill introduced into the California Legislature by Assembly Member Isadore Hall and supported by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, will not make it out of the 2013 Legislative session.
AB 640, a mandatory condom bill that originally passed out of the California Assembly as a tobacco bill, was gutted and amended by Assembly Member Hall when his original mandatory condom bill, AB332, failed to pass out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
"This bill was a bad solution in search of a problem," said Diane Duke, Free Speech Coalition CEO. "The testing protocols we have in place work as proven from our track record of no transmission of HIV on set in nine years--nationwide."
The bill rested in the Senate Rules Committee as the 2013 Session of the California State Senate came to a close just after midnight Friday morning.
"A number of people put forth a great deal of effort, to make sure this dishonest and destructive bill would not see the light of day," Duke stated. "From our coalition partners to the countless industry members who showed up in Sacramento, we owe you all a debt of gratitude. This was truly a team effort, thank you."