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Saggy-pants ordinance fails in Green Bay

PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Evil
PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Evil

GREEN BAY, Wis (Wheeler News)   You can still wear saggy pants in Green Bay without breaking the law. The city’s Protection-and-Welfare Committee voted unanimously last night against a proposal from Alderman David Boyce to ban the low-belt bottoms. Boyce voted against the motion himself, saying it was enough to have it discussed in an open forum.

The full Common Council will have the final say two weeks from tonight.

Boyce said he was once assaulted by people with their pants hanging out. He wanted to make it known that Green Bay has standards, and is a decent place to live. Opponents said the proposed ban would stomp on people’s rights, and reflect poorly on the city.

One critic called it a form of racial profiling.

Police captain Bill Bongle said such a law would be unenforceable, and the city attorney’s office had constitutional concerns. A beachside town in New Jersey recently banned saggy pants, with fines of up to $200.

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