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Bill to Fine For Ultra-Low Pants Dropped

February 17, 2005  | 

Lawmakers in Virginia have given up on trying to pass a bill that would have authorized a $50 fine for wearing pants so low that underwear is visible “in a lewd or indecent manner.”

The bill passed the state House, but a senate committee killed the bill with a unanimous vote.

The committee held a hearing that was open to the public and drew a large crowd that included about 75 government students from nearby Surry County High School. Many critics have decried the bill as a silly distraction from more serious issues.

“If people in Florida can wear bikinis, a little underwear showing isn’t going to hurt anybody,” said 17-year-old Elvyn Shaw.

Democratic Delegate Algie T. Howell, who sponsored what some dubbed the “droopy-pants bill,” issued a statement in its defense, saying it was “in direct response to a number of my constituents who found this to be a very important issue.”

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