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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
Tue April 3, 2012
Saggy Pants Bill Headed to Governor's Desk
A measure that would prohibit students from dressing indecently in school is headed to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's desk for his consideration. The Senate passed the proposal 29-0 on Monday evening, and the House approved it 81-9 shortly afterward. The legislation seeks to 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 targeted individuals who wear 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. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arkansas and Florida are the only states to target schools for a saggy pants ban.