Supervisors today unanimously approved a resolution, including public health permit fees, for adult film producers as required under the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, which L.A. County voters passed in 2012 with overwhelming voter support—57% to 43%
AHF lauds Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of LA County’s Department of Public Health, for her clear, concise testimony before the Supervisors outlining the County’s obligations under the law
LOS ANGELES (August 22, 2017) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today congratulated the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for approving a resolution establishing new public health permit fees for adult film producers working in Los Angeles County. The unanimous vote (four votes ‘Yes’ with Supervisor Kuehl absent) took place earlier today and now puts in place public health permit fees that have been required since the passage of Measure B, also known as the ‘Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,’ back in 2012, which L.A. County voters passed with overwhelming voter support—57% to 43% (1,617,866 votes in favor to 1,222,681 opposed).
Measure B requires producers of adult films to obtain a public health permit from the County, follow all health and safety laws, including condom use, and pay a permit fee sufficient to cover all enforcement costs. Today’s vote by the Supervisors puts these enforcement mechanisms into place, “…effective for service dates on or after August 1, 2017. (Department of Public Health).”
“We congratulate and thank the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for voting for this prudent public health resolution to protect the health and safety of those people working in the adult film industry,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AHF, the primary backer of Measure B. “Since voters first said ‘Yes’ to Measure B and the safer sex measures it provides to adult film workers back in 2012, the industry has worked overtime to try and block the measure, filing a lawsuit to try and have the measure thrown out. The only thing the industry hasn’t done, is comply with the law. With enforcement mechanisms now in place, we anticipate compliance with Measure B increases and that safety on set also increases.”
When Measure B first was passed by L.A. County voters on November 6, 2012, AHF served 230,000 HIV/AIDS patients in 27 countries around the globe. Today, more than four years and nine months later, AHF cares for nearly 800,000 HIV/AIDS patients in 39 countries—including caring for several former adult industry performers who became infected with HIV while working in the industry. “In particular, AHF would like to single out and commend Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of LA County’s Department of Public Health, for her work on the resolution on Measure B and her clear, concise testimony before the Supervisors this morning outlining the County’s obligations under the law,” added AHF’s Weinstein.