Over the past 6 or so years of blogging I have been pretty open regarding my disdain for most people in government whether it be at the local level or the Federal level. I think my anger has to do mostly with the complete disregard of possible unintended consequences. For example, back in 2011 the CARD Act was enacted Congress or our President didn’t seem to have the foresight to realize that when they took an income stream away from a bank via limited fees they’d come up with another fee to keep profits steady. But in a stroke of pure idiocy LA, where a lot of porn is made, is proposing a law to make women wear goggles for “safety purposes.”
Porn stars could soon be forced to don far more protection than just condoms in California. New rules proposed last week by the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) would require adult film actors to wear eye gear for many scenes. The rules, which have yet to be finalized, would also impose strict hygiene standards and outlaw common porn practices.
My first problem, and not really the main point of the post but these are adults who signed up for work that has certain “hazards” let them work. But this is not a small government rhetoric post, instead it is about unintended consequences that are not new. Production, and thus tax revenue, will leave!
A few years back LA passed a semi-similar protection measure by requiring condom in porn shoots and as the LA Times highlights it was devastating for the industry in LA
The number of permits issued for X-rated productions plummeted about 90% to just 40 permits last year compared with 2012, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. Only 20 permits have been issued so far this year.
The decline follows the passage in late 2012 of a county law mandating condom use by performers.
Porn Permits Drop Dramatically in L.A. After New Condom Law
“We’ve seen a dramatic drop in permits,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A. “It is a cause for concern that people who are manning the cameras, lights and other things on those sets are not working anymore…. It’s not helpful to have another segment of the industry leave the region.”
The decline in permitted shoots for adult entertainment comes at a time when L.A.’s workforce has been hammered by one of the state’s highest unemployment rates. The entertainment industry has also been hurt by the flight of mainstream movies and TV shows to other cities and states offering tax breaks and rebates.
Although critics say it’s unclear how many companies may be filming illegally without permits, porn producers say they’re taking their business to other counties in Southern California, as well as Nevada, Florida and Eastern Europe, where they say they face fewer regulations. The industry also has been forced to downsize amid declining DVD sales and free porn on the Internet.
“We’re not shooting in L.A. anymore,” said Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment. “We’d like to stay here. This is our home, where we’ve produced for the last 30 years. But if we’re forced to move, we will.”
The situation is the same at Penthouse Entertainment in Chatsworth. The company, which has 10 television channels and produces up to 80 movies a year, has stopped all local film shoots.
“This month we’re shooting 10 movies in Brazil,” said Kelly Holland, managing director for Penthouse Entertainment. “Last month, we shot five movies in Europe. It’s just too complex to shoot here.”
The decline in adult entertainment has been widely felt in the San Fernando Valley, where much of the multibillion-dollar industry is concentrated.
Although porn production accounts for less than 5% of all film permits, the industry has traditionally been an important contributor to the local economy. A decade ago, local economists estimated that the porn industry in the San Fernando Valley generated 10,000 to 20,000 jobs annually and had $4 billion in annual sales.
As many as 5,000 adult films were shot in Los Angeles in warehouses and private homes in 2011, according to industry estimates.
Look at the backlash from just condoms! Now imagine trying to film with someone wearing silly goggles on?!
Even, if you are anti-porn, this measure doesn’t make sense. The filming didn’t stop it just moved, or much worse, went underground. I really believe this was a group of politicians who really didn’t think about the obvious unintended consequences.