- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on a hearing to determine whether California should require porn actors to cover up with condoms (all times local):

5:26 p.m. Heeding the pleas of scores of actors, directors and producers, California officials in charge of workplace safety have rejected a proposal to require that porn actors cover up with condoms.

Spokeswoman Julia Bernstein says the measure was rejected Thursday when only three members of the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Standards Board voted in favor.

Four yes votes were required for passage.

Bernstein says Cal/Osha will now begin considering a new workplace safety measure for porn actors.

Board members heard more than five hours of testimony from those who said audiences won’t accept condoms in porn films.

The board was told the requirement would force the industry underground.

That, they say, could eliminate safety standards already in place, such as testing every 14 days for sexually transmitted diseases.

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3:03 p.m.

Scores of porn actors, writers, directors and producers are imploring state officials not to make them use condoms in films, saying it will criminalize and perhaps even destroy their multibillion-dollar industry.

They delivered their message before a state Division of Occupational Safety and Health hearing Thursday in Oakland that included more than three hours of public testimony.

The agency’s board was scheduled to vote at the hearing’s conclusion on new safety standards for the porn industry that would require actors filming sex scenes to use condoms.

Porn actress Maxine Holloway told the board requiring condoms would criminalize the industry by forcing porn productions to go underground She says that in turn would make working conditions more dangerous, not safer.

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