L.A. Mayor Signs Condom Measure

Jan 24, 2012 1:00 PM PST

LOS ANGELES — L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law the measure that will require adult performers to use condoms on production sets in order to get a film permit in Los Angeles.

Last week, the L.A. City Council adopted the proposed ordinace, which will allow the LAPD to perform spot checks on any set once a film permit is issued.

As the next step, the City Council has directed the City Administrative Officer to form a working group that would include officials from the City Attorney, the police department, Cal/OSHA and other relevant stakeholders.

The group will be responsible for coming up with recommendations in how to implement  the ordinance.

The new law is directed at "location shoots" only, such as homes and backyards.

Soundstage shoots will not require new permits.

The AHF will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today to issue its response.

Representatives from the mayor’s office and FSC’s Diane Duke were unavailable to XBIZ for comment by post time.

[update 1:50 p.m.]

AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein today applauded the action of the mayor, saying that workplace safety regulations have prevailed.

"The City of Los Angeles has done the right thing for performers and public health," Weinstein said during a press conference.

He said that health officials routinely conduct work safety inspections in a variety of fields and stressed that the issue is about employment and not sex.

Weinstein said that two consenting adults have the right to film themselves having sex as long as no money changes hands.

"But as soon as money is exchanged that situation triggers workplace safety laws," he said.

The law goes into affect 41 days after the city clerk posts the ordinance publicly.

The AHF said it will now pursue its cause with LA County and has already began collecting signatures.

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