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Condoms In Porn Ordinance Gets Preliminary Approval By L.A. City Council

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In a preliminary vote taken today, the Los Angeles City Council has voted 11-1 in favor of an ordinance put forth that would require actors in adult films wear condoms. Adherence to the ordinance would be a condition of film companies receiving filming permits. Councilman Mitch Englander was the sole dissenter. The City Maven shares what one councilmember said today:

“We can spend literally millions of dollars on an unnecessary election or we can do the right thing for free,” Councilman Paul Koretz said before the vote. “For better or worse, the city of Los Angeles is nationally known as the capital of the adult film industry. We should be nationally known, also, as the home of a safe adult film industry.”

The ordinance is also currently slated to go before voters come June, provided a lawsuit filed against it by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office does not block the ballot initiative. However, should the City Council approve the ordinance next week during its second reading, the condom requirement would become law, and render it unnecessary to put it to the voters, explains City News Service. Doing so would save millions in election-related costs.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has concerns that the City of Los Angeles is not the appropriate governing body to administer such an ordinance, and believes it is better handled at the state level. State level administrators, however, have said they believe L.A. is perfectly suited to oversee such an ordinance as applicable in the city.