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UPDATE: Saggy pants bill headed to governor

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A measure that would prohibit students from dressing indecently in school is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate passed the proposal 29-0 on Monday evening, and the House approved it 81-9 shortly afterward.

The legislation seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."

A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.

That measure targeted individuals who wear pants below the waistline and imposed a fine of up to $250 and 160 hours of community service.

Under the current proposal, school districts would decide a less severe punishment.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arkansas and Florida are the only states to target schools for a saggy pants ban.

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