Is this the beginning of the real-life fashion police?
Say goodbye to baggy, saggy pants in Florida. Governor Rick Scott now has the power to put the kibosh on trousers that don’t quite cover enough, if he approves SB 228, affectionately titled the “droopy drawers bill.”
The state is tightening the belt on baggy pants in schools, modeled after an initiative implemented in many cities and towns across the nation that enact penalties for this type of “indecent exposure.”
In Florida, school districts from Tampa to Palm Beach County already have penalties for low-slung slacks – but now the state looks to make it official. The law will ban pants that reveal underwear or “body parts” in a vulgar way.
(More on TIME.com: See the saggy pants ban in one Florida town)
The consequences are nothing too harsh, yet we’d be quite embarrassed to be punished for such an offense. The first violation will earn the wearer a verbal warning, the second time warrants a principal-parent chat, and upon the student’s third dungaree delinquency, he or she could be suspended. Ouch!
Also part of last week’s legislative session: a ban on bestiality. Miami’s NBC affiliate put it best: “Floridians are gonna have to start pulling up their pants and stop having sex with animals soon.” Some laws, like the former, are inane for their frivolity, and others — well, we’re shocked they even have to be brought up.