Applications for permits to film pornographic films and videos "have all but ceased in Los Angeles County" due to a new ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms, the Los Angles Daily News reports.
The Daily News article bolsters opposition to a current bill in the state Legislature that would make the condom requirement a statewide law.
Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, is carrying Assembly Bill 332, which is patterned after the Los Angeles County ordinance approved by voters last year, and like the local law, is backed by anti-AIDS and public health groups.
"This is a workforce safety bill," Hall told an Assembly committee prior to its 5-1 vote for it. "We have to protect our workforce."
The Daily News covers the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, where porn production is a major industry and where local boosters are worried that production will move to other counties due to the ordinance. They and the industry also have told legislators that a state condom law would push production to other states.
The Daily News said Film LA, a non-profit organization that processes film and video permits, has received only two applications for porn shoots this year. In the past, about 500 such permits have been sought each year.
The newspaper quotes Diane Duke, who heads the Free Speech Coalition, a porn trade group, that "most production companies have ceased shooting in LA County." Meanwhile,it says, city officials in Camarillo, which is just across the county line in Ventura County, have been bombarded with inquiries from porn producers - so many that the city council has imposed a 45-day moratorium on porn production while it decides what to do about the situation.
PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III, right, speaks while Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, looks during a press conference hosted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to introduce AB 332, a statewide law requiring condom use by adult film performers. (Bret Hartman / AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation).