Louisiana Town Bans Baggy Britches

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Gonzales, Louisiana, City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting people from showing their underwear in public.

Police chief Bill Landry says the city's new "saggy pants" ordinance takes effect immediately.

No one in the audience at Monday night's meeting spoke for or against the ordinance.

The American Civil Liberties Union sent city officials a November 14th letter asking them not to pass a saggy pants law, saying it would be unconstitutional.

The punishment for breaking the law is a $50 fine for the first offense, a $150 fine for the second offense, and a $500 fine and up to two days of community service for a third offense.

Similar saggy pants laws have been passed in Lafayette, Shreveport and other Louisiana areas.

In Texas, some Dallas City Council members have talked about the issue.

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