St. Louis alderwoman faces opposition in proposed ban on saggy pants

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 6:49 AM

 (KMOV) – St. Louis residents spoke out against a proposed law that would make sagging pants a crime.

Alderwoman Marlene Davis is working to get this law passed because she believes it is lewd conduct. Davis promised the board of alderman that she would hold several public forums before they discuss the ban next month.

On Tuesday, a meeting was held to gauge the community’s interest in the proposal and some stood against Davis.

“I think that you’ll have young, hard-working, intelligent students who happen to dress in a certain style who then become criminalized.”

The proposal would make it illegal and if caught, violators could be fined up to $500 or face jail time.

The board of aldermen will meet again in September to discuss the ban. Davis said she discussed Bill 117 in a public safety meeting. She told her colleagues she would hold two public meetings. “I’d like to hear from those for and against alike to have a discussion open and opinions that we can weigh in on,” Davis said.

A date for the second public forum has yet to be announced. 

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