No on Government Waste Plans to Challenge Measure B in the Courts

No on Government Waste Plans to Challenge Measure B in the Courts
Rhett Pardon

LOS ANGELES — The No on Government Waste Committee announced plans Wednesday morning to challenge Measure B's passage in the courts in the beginning of a "lengthy litigation and implementation process."

In addition, the Free Speech Coalition has sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to ask for a seat at the table as the county considers how to implement provisions of Measure B.

Los Angeles County voters passed a measure Tuesday to require porn actors to wear condoms on film sets. Producers will have to apply and pay for a permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Health before shooting a movie, and they also will be subject to random inspections from the department to check if the performers are wearing condoms.

"After being heavily outspent by a well-financed AIDS Healthcare Foundation which poured millions of dollars into passing Measure B, the adult film industry will not just stand by and let it destroy our business," said Diane Duke, executive director for the Free Speech Coalition, the trade group representing the adult products and entertainment industry.

"While the misinformation and outright distortions made by AHF during this campaign may have deceived voters, we believe in the calm, serious deliberations of the legal system we will find that Measure B is in fact unconstitutional."

In addition, the Free Speech Coalition said it will begin exploring offers made by neighboring states in facilitating the move of production jobs out of Los Angeles County "as quickly as possible."

Lee said the campaign was outspent heavily by the Yes on B side, with all of the support coming from a single entity — the AHF — which waged a "relentless two-year campaign" attacking the adult film industry to impose a costly and unenforceable government inspection, permitting and enforcement system.

"While the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has tried to portray any move of jobs outside of L.A. County as unrealistic, the hard truth of the matter is that is exactly what this industry plans on doing now," said James Lee, communications director for the No on Government Waste Committee.

"The inevitable consequences of Measure B's passage and AHF's short-sightedness will be a significant loss of jobs and tax dollars flowing to local governments to fund police, fire protection and public health services."

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