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City Beat: At porn panel, talk of killing condom law, moving

November 9, 2012 |  1:43 pm

The gathering in a meeting room of the Sofitel Hotel across from the Beverly Center looked a lot like any other corporate get-together. Most of the men eating the free croissants and fruit wore suits, ties, button-down shirts.

The subject, however, wasn't boring corporate-speak. It was sex, or more particularly the government's role in policing it.

On Thursday, the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry, held a daylong summit with panels covering such topics as world markets, diversification and sex and politics.

Much of the talk though centered on a newly passed Los Angeles County ballot initiative, which requires the use of condoms in adult films made in the county.

Measure B, the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, requires each producer of adult films to take a blood-borne pathogen training course and supply the county with an "exposure control plan" before obtaining a required health permit.

Lawyers spoke of how they would attempt to get the successful ballot initiative overturned, possibly on free-speech grounds. Some spoke of how, if they couldn't, nearby Nevada would welcome their lucrative business with open arms.

Many fretted about how many details had yet to be worked out -– including how inspections would work and how far the county would make them go to protect against sexually transmitted diseases they say they already screen for rigorously. Would requirements stop at condoms, they asked, or would they -– following the lead of blood-borne pathogen training courses on the Internet, require porn actors to wear gloves and goggles and dental dams?

In my next City Beat, I'll take you into the world of the summit.

Here's what I sent out on Twitter:

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-- Nita Lelyveld

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