The Los Angeles City Council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that would require porn actors to wear condoms during film shoots.
The 11-1 vote Tuesday still requires a second vote next week to make the requirement law and avoid the need for a ballot measure.
Several members of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation urged council members to approve the ordinance. The group last month said it gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the June ballot.
Members of the City Council told the City Maven that voting on the ordinance is largely to avoid the more expensive option of adding the issue to a ballot.
“We can spend literally millions of dollars on an unnecessary election or we can do the right thing for free,” Councilman Paul Koretz told the Maven. “For better or worse, the city of Los Angeles is nationally known as the capital of the adult film industry. We should be nationally known, also, as the home of a safe adult film industry.”
A trade association for the porn industry opposes mandatory condom regulations, but has advocated for consistently testing adult film performers for sexually transmitted diseases.
Councilman Mitch Englander was the sole dissenter, according to the LAist.
Audio: KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill on the new condom ordinance.