Louisiana Town Bans Baggy Britches

Two young men with low-slung, baggy jeans walk in Trenton, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007. Wearing your pants low enough to show your boxers or bare buttocks in a small town in Louisiana could get you six months in jail and a $500 fine and Trenton is considering a law, where a first bust for low-riding trousers could soon mean an assessment by a city worker on where your life is going. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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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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