The bill, AB 1660, was approved unanimously in the state Senate Appropriations Committee and now moves to the full California Senate for consideration, according to the Los Angeles Times. The measure would require criminal background checks for those who have unsupervised access to young performers, including publicists, talent managers and photographers. Registered sex offenders also would be banned from representing minors. The urge for legislative reform gained momentum following the arrest last year of a Hollywood talent manager who pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation. Martin Weiss was sentenced in June to a year in jail and five years probation.
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