City Council Inches Closer Toward Enforcement Of Condoms For Porn Actors

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council Thursday worked on plans to enforce a measure passed by voters in November that would ultimately mandate the use of condoms in adult film productions.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports city officials have signaled they will move to enforce Measure B even as one porn producer goes to court to overturn the measure.

Mandatory condoms for porn actors?

The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to order a draft measure that would require adult entertainment producers to obtain a health permit before commencing production.

The vote comes after voters passed the “Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act” in November, which requires county health permits in unincorporated areas and a notice to adult entertainment performers regarding condom use.

City Council members are also seeking recommendations on how to enforce Measure B, which received 56 percent voter approval countywide.

Vivid Entertainment filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles last Friday challenging the new law under the First Amendment right of free expression, alleging the proposal could further push industry actors to move out of the Southland to find work after no longer receiving health care provided by the industry.

The complaint — which also names Los Angeles County chief public health official Kenneth Fielding and District Attorney Jackie Lacey as defendants — seeks an injunction that would stop the ballot initiative from taking effect.

At least one Angleno agreed with mandating the use of condoms to protect the health of both actors and the public at large.

“I think it’s a good idea; we need to protect everyone from diseases,” he said.

The case is expected to move to court within a month.

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