Report: Plunge In Porn Permits Linked To Condom Measure

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A reported 95 percent reduction in film production permits in Los Angeles County is being linked to a voter-backed measure requiring condoms to be used in all locally-produced adult films, according to reports.

Only 24 filming permits for adult productions have been filed in L.A. County through November, compared with 480 filed in the same period last year, industry group FilmLA told the Los Angeles Times.

The drop in the number of permits issued is estimated to top $456,000 in lost revenues to local governments, according to the group. The resulting losses in production has instead gone to other counties and, in some cases, other states, the group estimated.

Ventura County officials have reported an increase in production in that region of the state, the Times reported.

Former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the measure into law in January 2012, but the county has done little to enforce the ordinance, according to the Times.

A judge earlier this year ruled that the condom requirement does not violate 1st Amendment free-speech rights, but said that unannounced on-set inspections could violate the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

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