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Condom Bill for Porn Makers Stall in California Senate

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- A bill that would have required California pornography makers to prove their actors wore condoms in the making of their films was shelved by a state senate panel.

The measure, set aside by the Senate Appropriations Committee today, would have required the filmmakers to produce documentation showing condoms were used if a complaint was filed with the state.

The appropriations panel’s decision came the same day that the committee boosted a proposed tax credit for Hollywood studios to $400 million a year, four times the current level, to stem the flight of film and TV production to other states.

“It is unfortunate that some legislators don’t believe that protection should include keeping California actors safe while they are at work,” said Assemblyman Isadore Hall, a Los Angeles Democrat and the bill’s sponsor.

The U.S. adult film industry produces 4,000 to 11,000 films a year, employing as many as 1,500 workers in Los Angeles, according to a legislative analysis. The films generate $9 billion to $13 billion a year in gross revenue, according to the report.

Los Angeles County voters in 2012 approved a measure requiring porn actors to wear condoms during shoots. The number of on-location adult film permits fell to 40 last year from 480 in 2012, according to FilmL.A. Inc., which arranges the permits.

Hall plans to reintroduce his condoms bill next year, said Terry Schanz, his chief of staff.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alison Vekshin in San Francisco at avekshin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net Pete Young, Rob Golum

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