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May 12, 2010 2:53 PM by Letitia Walker

Hardy's Sagging Pants Bill Fails

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A revived attempt to ban saggy pants, making it illegal for people to wear them in Louisiana, again has failed to win support from lawmakers.

The House Criminal Justice Committee rejected the proposal Wednesday without objection.

Lafayette Rep. Rickey Hardy, a Democrat, says his bill was necessary to protect the public from being exposed to people who wear low-riding pants that expose their underwear.

While the towns of Delcambre and Mansfield have banned the practice, a statewide ban has twice before failed to gain support in the Louisiana Legislature.

Kimberly Hood, a board member of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, dubbed the legislation "grossly over broad" and perhaps unconstitutional.

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