L.A. City Council Wants ‘Mechanism’ for Local Condom Enforcement

Lyla Katz

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution in support of amending Section 5193 of the California Code of Regulations to specifically include the word condoms as a form of barrier protection.

The proposal is slated for the 2011-2012 State Legislative session. The resolution also states that Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Department of Industrial Relations enter into an agreement in writing to create a mechanism of local enforcement for occupational safety in the adult industry.

The resolution was in response to a report presented by the City Attorney’s office regarding the ability for the City of Los Angeles to enforce condom use on adult film sets.

Back in April, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office recommended to City Council to leave language regulating permitted porn shoots unchanged because it lacks jurisdiction to control them further.

"Based on the current permit language, along with the jurisdictional concerns in regulating workplace safety issues, our office recommends the permit language remain unchanged," the recommendation letter said.

In February, City Council unanimously voted to instruct the city attorney to investigate mandatory condom use in porn movies. Councilmembers in December, with the insistence from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, introduced a motion that would require production companies to have performers wear condoms in order to receive film permits.  

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