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US politician tries to ban leggings (and any tight-fitting beige garments)

Basically anything that gives the appearance of a bum, genitals, pelvis or female nipple.

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LEGISLATORS IN MONTANA, United States, moved to kill an indecent exposure bill after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks leggings should be illegal.

Politicians voted unanimously to table the Bill, which Rep. David Moore introduced yesterday.

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 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 leggings (or yoga pants, as he put it) should be illegal.

Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before a voice vote to table it.

Moore and retired professor Walt Hill drafted the Bill after last year’s Bare as you Dare bicycle event outraged some residents last summer.

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Fearing that denying organisers an event permit would breach free speech, city officials allowed participants, many of them completely nude, to ride through downtown Missoula in August.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1991 that state prohibitions on public nudity are constitutional given that nudity itself is not an expression. Bare as you Dare organisers call the event a celebration of body image and bicyclists’ right to use public roads.

Currently, a person convicted of indecent exposure three times in Montana can be sentenced to life in jail and up to $10,000.

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