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Say goodbye to condom-less Adult Videos, if that’s your sort of thing, because as of yesterday, The Los Angeles City Council approved a new mandate requiring all actors in pornographic films to wear condoms during any filming that takes place within city limits.
Rather than wasting the time and money it would have taken to put the mandate on the city’s ballot in June, council members decided they should just save the money and approve the measure which was expected to be passed by voters anyway. So, that’s exactly what the council did in a 9-to-1 vote Tuesday.
“This is a no-brainer of an issue,” Councilman Paul Koretz says. “It’s not going to cost us very much to enforce — we won’t spend any more money enforcing this than we do any other law. And in this case, if you don’t follow the law, it will be on film.”
Good point. The new mandate will allow the LAPD to perform spot checks on any set once a film permit is issued and a group of officials from the Police Department, the state’s workplace safety agency, and the city attorney’s office will make recommendations on how to implement the policy, which will become effective in 90 days. Filmmakers will also incur a fee on all pornographic films going forward to cover the costs of enforcement.
As these things typically go, not everyone is happy with the decision. The one Councilman who voted no, Mitchell Englander, says the city shouldn’t waste its resources enforcing a mandate that could push the Adult Videos business out of LA and cost the county even more money, but Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, says that’s not going to happen.
“They cannot just pick up their stakes and move to another state. They’d hardly be welcomed in West Virginia or Utah or Mississippi, or even a place like Nevada, where legal prostitution is highly regulated and condoms are required. And we will follow them wherever they go.”
Are you happy this mandate passed? Will it affect our “viewership” at all?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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