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The measure is similar to one adopted by Los Angeles County voters in 2012. The act would have also required that porn producers be licensed by the state, and would also have to pay for their actors to be regularly tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

The measure has been a topic of heated debate, pitting the Free Speech Coalition, the adult entertainment industry's trade association, against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Proposition 60 was portrayed as a health and safety measure - albeit an unusual one - that critics said could have chased the vast adult-film industry out of state had it been passed. Officials with the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, stressed that condom use is already required "to protect workers from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials". Opponents raised more than $540,000 to defeat the measure. "In one widely publicized case past year, a porn actor had sex with 17 people outside the industry (and with five others inside the industry) in 22 days before it was discovered he had HIV", the committee contends. They're saying that in the ad. To avoid paying increased signature costs when there are many measures in circulation, don't be surprised to see some potential initiatives circulating early next year.

Taylor: I'm saying that I believe they did. As the New York Times shows us, only LA County and the Inland Empire went yes on the measure, meaning that in the majority of California and especially the Bay Area, we like our porn condom-free, and we trust the porn industry to keep its own workers safe from disease. Performers also have said condoms are impractical because of the nature of the work.

But numerous actual performers said new regulations would just make their jobs harder. "It isn't as if we are a bunch of random people running around having sex without condoms". With Weinstein and Prop 60 proponents pushing it as a way to stop the spread of AIDS and protect vulnerable porn performers from exploitation, and given people's general willingness to believe the worst about the sex industry, the fate of Prop 60 on the eve of Election 2016 is anything but clear.

California voters once again proved they cherish their role in direct democracy, running through the entire statewide list of 17 measures with no apparent drop off in voting.


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