You don’t need to worry about wearing yoga pants in Montana — for now.
As we mentioned last week, a legislator in the state — in response to a naked bike ride — had tried to update the state’s indecency laws. And he was quoted as saying that yoga pants ought to be illegal, too.
Well, not to worry — his bill died in committee:
Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, which Rep. David Moore introduced Tuesday.
The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple.
The Republican from Missoula said he wouldn’t have a problem with people being arrested for wearing such provocative clothing such as tight-fitting beige garments. Moore also said yoga pants should be illegal.
Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before a voice vote to table it.
I won’t be surprised if the next nude bike ride goes down Moore’s street.
Update: He’s claiming it was a joke. But really it might not have been.
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A lawmaker in Montana has introduced a bill that would make illegal (indecent exposure) if a person “knowingly or purposefully exposes the person’s genitals, pubic hair, or anus or exposes the areola or nipple of the person’s 19 breast with anything less than a fully opaque covering while in a public place or visible from a public place without 20 taking reasonable precautions to prevent exposure, and disregards whether a reasonable person would be 21 offended or alarmed by the act.” You also couldn’t wear something like looks like a your naughty bits. (Breastfeeding in public would be OK.)
And while yoga pants wouldn’t be banned, Rep. David Moore wants them to be:
The Republican from Missoula says tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal. He says he wouldn’t have a problem with people being arrested for wearing provocative clothing but that he’d trust law enforcement officials to use their discretion.
Moore says he believes yoga pants and men’s Speedo-style swim briefs should be illegal in public.
An AP story has a quote on that from him: ““Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore said after the hearing.” We may have just solved Santa Monica’s revenue problem (if it has one).
You’ll be relieved to know, I’m sure, that yoga pants are not the real culprit here. Apparently Moore is reacting to a “Bare as you Dare bicycle event” from last summer. You can guess what that was about. Also from the AP story:
“I want Montana to be known as a decent state where people can live within the security of laws and protect their children and associates from degrading and indecent practices,” Hill said Tuesday in support of the measure. “I believe this bill is written preserving that reputation.”
That quote is from a retired professor in Missoula.
Hat tip to Talking Points Memo.
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