Saggy Pants Bill Headed to Full Floor Votes

Mar 29, 2012

A proposal that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is headed for floor votes in both chambers of the Legislature.  The measure unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday and is now scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. A full vote in the House is scheduled for Monday.  The bill would prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."  A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago. That measure particularly targeted individuals that sag their pants below the waistline and imposed a fine of up to $250 and 160 hours of community service.  Under the current proposal, school districts would decide a less severe punishment.