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Lawmakers propose bill to ban saggy pants.

Some lawmakers in South Carolina want to fine people for wearing saggy pants, but support for the measure is fading like an old pair of jeans. If passed, House Bill 4957 would make it illegal for a person to wear pants “sagging more than three inches below his ileum,” according to the South Carolina Legislature’s...
Time: 16:25     Date: 22.02.2018
Last US News: Lawmakers propose bill to ban saggy pants. NY Post 24 - US News

If passed, House Bill 4957 would make it illegal for a person to wear pants “sagging more than three inches below his ileum,” according to the South Carolina Legislature’s website.

The exact wording of the bill is seemingly inaccurate, as the ileum refers to the lower end of the small intestine, according to the US National Library of Medicine. The ilium, meanwhile, is the widest of the three bones that form the pelvis.

Anyone found violating the law would face a $25 fine for a first offense, a $50 fine and up to three hours of community service for a second offense and a $75 fine and up to six hours of community service for subsequent violations.

Violations of the law would not be considered criminal or put that person’s participation in a state college or university financial assistance program at risk, according to the bill. One of the bill’s sponsors insists the proposed measure is all about ending an “unbecoming” and “unprofessional” look – and denied that the bill is designed to target minorities.

“It’s no more than a warning to allow these fellas to be more responsible,” Democratic Rep. Joe Jefferson told WLTX. “It is not just targeting African-American men. I see men of all races walking around with this same problem. It is just disingenuous, we should not have this. There ought to be a better way.”

A similar ordinance was passed in 2016 in Timmonsville, where third-time offenders could face fines up to $600. But support for the statewide proposal has been dropping fast, according to KXAN.

The 11 House members who signed onto the bill last week have dwindled down to just five after six lawmakers ordered that their names be removed, according to the station.

Some South Carolinians, however, say they won’t alter their fashion choices regardless of the bill’s fate.

“You can say what you want, I’m still gonna bust the sag,” Joshua Fortenberry of Myrtle Beach told KXAN. “I bust the sag every day.”

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