Delcambre Saggy Pants Ordinance Passes - KLFY News 10

Delcambre Saggy Pants Ordinance Passes

Monday night the Board of Alderman met in Delcambre to vote on an ordinance that would charge $500 to anyone caught wearing saggy pants that expose underwear.

It's a trend among young people across the nation to wear their pants lower on their waists and this town is speaking out against it.

The ordinance passed unanimously after a heated public hearing.

This means that anyone cited for indecent exposure in Delcambre could face up to a $500 fine or up to six months in jail.

There were a lot of questions from concerned citizens about whether just saggy pants would render a fine.

The board members say they have nothing against saggy pants, but when saggy pants result in an indecent exposure.

Most people at the meeting Monday night agreed that indecent exposure was not something they wanted in their community.

Concerns were raised that this issue could open a can of worms and unnecessary phone calls to law enforcement.

We wanted to know how the ordinance defines what is saggy and what is baggy.

Here's a look at what the ordinance says.

The ordinance is based on wording used in Lafayette and Mandeville regulations.

It targets partial nudity and people dressed in a way that is "not becoming to his or her sex."

Before the 7:00pm meeting got underway there was a public hearing at 6:45pm for those who wanted to approach the board with their opinions on this issue.

City Officials in Lafayette tell TV 10 at one time they also looked into an ordinance similar to the Delcambre saggy pants one.

However they decided not to move forward with it.

Several years ago the state legislature also considered a similar law to ban saggy pants.

If it had passed the fines for anyone caught with low-slung pants ranged from a $500 fine to jail time and in some circumstances both.

The proposal, however, never made it past a committee.  It was defeated in 2004.

Grace White

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