SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Scott Wilk's, R- Santa Clarita, child performer service protection bill passed unanimously through the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee today.
“The 38th Assembly District has incredibly strong ties to the entertainment industry and many of its residents work in the business. It is important that we help protect the youngest members of the industry community against fraudulent individuals,” said Wilk.
Service providers in the entertainment industry that work with children must apply for a Child Performer Services Permit. The application includes fingerprinting to check the applicant's criminal history and to screen out any sex offenders. Permit holders are registered in a searchable online database.
AB 1680 requires permit holders to display their Child Performer Services Permit numbers on all advertising, including internet advertising. This practice will preserve the integrity of professionals that fall under the Permit's jurisdiction and solidify the safety of children starting their entertainment careers.
“After hearing from parents about the schemes that target young actors, I thought there was more we could do to protect our children. This simple yet important law will make it easier for child actors and their parents to differentiate lawful agents from illegitimate ones,” said Wilk.