AB 1576 authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Thursday, January 11 in a 6-0 unanimous bipartisan vote. The bill will require sexual assault and harassment trainings and develop health and safety standards for talent working in the entertainment industry.
The entertainment industry is plagued with cases of sexual abuse and misconduct with no system in place to require prevention training. AB 1576 will help proactively address these issues by empowering individuals with the resources necessary to both prevent and properly report misconduct.
Additionally, many professionals in the entertainment industry are expected to maintain an unnatural level of thinness that not only has creates unrealistic beauty standards, but is also life-threatening. Research has shown that this demand has repercussions on young women who are exposed to media depicting these unnaturally thin models.
The legislation will be heard next by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.