In Louisiana, a proposal to outlaw pants that hang below the posterior (see
last week's HR Strange
But True!) cleared a legislative committee on Thursday, meaning it moves
on to a vote by that state's House of Representatives.
The bill, a slightly revised version of Rep. Derrick Shepherd's original proposal,
would mandate three eight-hour days of community service for anyone who publicly
wears clothing that intentionally exposes undergarments, or any portion of pubic
hair, the cleft of the buttocks, or genitals, according to The Advocate of Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. Fines of up $175 could also be part of the punishment.
The legislation appears aimed primarily at children and teen-agers who wear
low-hanging pants, but it would also affect dress in the workplace.
The Advocate reports that the House Criminal Justice Committee endorsed the
bill after hearing testimony from local-level officials like Orleans Parish
School Board member Elliott Willard, who said the bill would "correct an
evil that may get out of hand."
But the chairman of the committee, Danny Martiny, called the bill unenforceable
because it calls on police to determine an offender's intent. He added that
much of the problem could be solved if parents took more control of their children.
"Government can't fix everything," Martiny said.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana