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Measure B In Los Angeles Jumps To Early Lead

Dian Qi, Xueqiao Ma, Yifan Zhu |
November 6, 2012 | 9:05 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter


Los Angeles County's Measure B led 63 percent to 36 percent in early returns.

Measure B, also known as the Los Angeles Porn Actors Required to Wear Condoms Act, would require porn actors to wear condoms on film sets.
Jimmy Broadway, an adult film producer, at a "No on B" said the early results were disappointing.
"Measure B doesn't do anything," he said. "If it passes, we will move out from LA County, maybe to San Francisco."
go to SF."
A fellow producer, Dee Severe, at the Election Night party in the San Fernando Valley, said, "The bill is not just about condoms, it goes too far that would make porn production something people no longer want to see."

(MORE: Proposition 35 Sex Trafficking Measure Passes)

Neon Tommy spoke to voters about the measure at the New North dormitory polling station on the University of Southern California campus. Reactions to the measure were an overwhelming "no."

Los Angeles resident Logan Alexander was part this particular group.

"I have a couple friends who are in the industry, so I'm familiar with measure B on a more personal side," says Alexander, 26. "I am aware of the concerns of the transmissions of diseases and such, but I don't' feel like forcing the industry to do it when they're already taking measures is necessary."

The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation has instated programs that require industry workers to be tested for STDs regularly as well as several other safety measures.

Those in the adult film industry of L.A. have been vocal about their opposition to the measure. 

"Individuals can make that decision for themselves…it shouldn't be mandated by the government to enforce optional things onto people's personal lives or their businesses," says Alexander.

(MORE: Proposition 36 Poised For Victory After Early Returns)

Many of the individuals Neon Tommy spoke to Tuesday expressed that they did not believe it was in the right of the government to force something that is a personal preference. Those who supported the measure believed that it was a necessary precaution to take in order to protect workers in the industry.

The L.A. adult film industry recently reported a syphilis outbreak this past August, which led to a call for better and stricter safety measures.

However, Alexander, as well as many others, still believe it isn't necessary.

"All it's going to do is push business out of L.A. when we need to bring in more jobs," he said.

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