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Porn Producers Must Show Proof of Public Health Permit To Get Filming Permit in L.A.

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Los Angeles County's Measure B, which mandates condom use in adult films, is more than just about making sure porn performers wear prophylactics. As part of the requirements of the voter-passed measure, Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to amend the City ordinance governing adult film permits to stipulate that only producers who can show proof of a public health permit will be issued filming permits.

A separate vote was also taken to instruct city officials to prepare a motion to adopt the provisions in Measure B, notes City News Service.

Supporters of Measure B, specifically the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) who spearheaded the measure, are pleased with the results of this week's vote and the amendment.

From a news release issued by AHF: "

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We thank City Council for their unanimous vote to formally tie the distribution of adult film permits issued by the City to those producers who also show proof of holding a County public health permit, as required under County Measure B," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "Today's vote directs the City Attorney to amend its own adult film permitting ordinance and prepare a new ordinance for a final vote in the future, although an exact time was not stipulated. A separate vote was also taken to instruct City officials to prepare a motion to adopt the provisions in County Measure B, the condoms in porn measure. These actions bring us a step closer to getting the City and County measures fully up and running and should go a long way improve health and safety among adult film performers."

The porn industry is already vociferously objecting to Measure B, and some have banded together to sue the County on the grounds that the new law requiring porn performers to wrap it up while on set is unconstitutional.AHF is already poo-pooing the suit, claiming they are "confident" the porn industry won't win this one, and pointing out that what is being legislated isn't a free speech issue, but a safety measure, akin to a stuntman wearing a harness to perform a dangerous action.