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Condoms in porn: How will Measure B be implemented? [Google+ hangout]

Times reporter Ron Lin will join city editor Shelby Grad at 2 p.m. to discuss the passage of Measure B, which will require condoms to be used during porn filming.

The porn industry said it plans to challenge the constitutionality of Measure B in court. Industry officials have threatened to move their businesses out of Los Angeles County.

Meanwhile, the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation is seeking to take its campaign to California's Legislature to broaden the power of state occupational health and safety officials to protect porn stars from infection.

SPREADSHEET: Look at how cities and council districts voted on Measure B

From Lin and reporter Harriet Ryan's article Wednesday:

The new law requires porn actors to wear condoms and establishes a permitting system similar in some ways to how Los Angeles County inspects restaurants. Porn producers are required to purchase health permits from the county, which will do spot inspections on porn sets to make sure condoms are being used. The inspectors can close production if the filmmakers don't comply with the rules.

The county has said the law, pushed by AIDS activists concerned about disease outbreaks, forces the establishment of a new bureaucracy, complete with inspection schedules, a permitting process, a training program for dealing with bodily fluids and a special vault for evidence seized from movie sets. County employees could even be called upon to screen X-rated titles for condom compliance.

Supervisor  Zev Yaroslavsky, who has been critical of the measure, said it would be difficult for the county to enforce the law because many porn shoots occur in private homes and are never registered with authorities. But he added that the county was obligated to enforce the law, which passed with 55.9% of the vote.

"People voted for it, and they're entitled to have it on the books," Yaroslavsky said. "It's a challenge we're going to have to confront."

The passage of the law created an outcry Wednesday in the adult entertainment industry. Porn producers have long said consumers will not purchase movies in which actors wear condoms and on Wednesday, executives and directors once again threatened to move from long-time production sites in the San Fernando Valley to other California counties, Las Vegas or Hungary, Europe's center of adult moviemaking.

"I love this business, but I feel this is an attempt to drive us out of California,'' said veteran director Kevin Moore.

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Photo: Measure B will require condoms to be used in porn filming. Credit: Goh Seng Chong / Bloomberg

 
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