Indiana lawmakers want to make wearing saggy pants in public illegal

Lawmakers in Indiana want to make wearing baggy pants in public against the law. The style has been deemed inappropriate and those who do it could receive a fine but no criminal charges. Councilman Ron Widing is concerned that passing this law could be possibly seen as unconstitutional. The NAACP agrees and says that this law violates freedom of speech and invites racial profiling. The Huffington Post reports:

Lawmakers in a northwest Indiana town are pushing for an ordinance that would ban the wearing of saggy, baggy pants in public places.

Those pushing for the ban in Merrillville, Ind., just south of Gary, say low-riding bottoms are inappropriate, the Northwest Indiana Times reports. Under the proposal, individuals caught wearing their pants more than 3 inches below the hip in public would be fined, but would not face criminal charges.

But not everyone is on board with the proposed ban. Town Councilman Ron Widing, according to the Associated Press, has concerns that the ordinance could be deemed unconstitutional. Nevertheless, Town Administrator Mike Fink claims other municipalities that have approved similar bans have not faced constitutional challenges.

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