- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill that has passed the state Assembly would require political campaigns to disclose when they hire actors to play professionals in campaign ads.

Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says the state needs to update its campaign regulations to “ensure that voters are not misled” into thinking that people being paid to appear in political ads are real doctors, nurses or engineers.

Ammiano emphasized the point by invoking the saying, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.”

The Assembly approved Ammiano’s AB510 on a 57-15 vote Thursday, sending it to the Senate.

The legislation would apply to advertising related to any California ballot initiative that implies a person works in an occupation that requires “licensure or specialized training.”

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