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Jonesboro Takes Aim at Sagging Pants-UPDATE

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ATLANTA (WAOK)-On Monday August 8, the Jonesboro City Council voted 5 to 1  to approve an ordinance that bans the saggy style  after heated debate among residents and councilmembers.

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When Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox heard that nearby Hampton Georgia had passed a sagging pants ordinance, he decided not to waste time joining them. Mayor Maddox says even though Jonesboro doesnt have a major problem with sagging pants, he wants to make sure the issue never becomes one.

The Jonesboro City Council is holding a public hearing on the matter Monday night at the Jonesboro Police Department before it takes a vote on whether to pass an ordinance making it illegal to expose underwear or skin by wearing your pants below your waistline.

According to the amendment, violators could be charged with disorderly conduct if they appear in public wearing sagging pants, shorts, or a skirt more that three inches below the hips and expose skin, undergarments or underwear.

The amendment also says police officers can give a verbal warning but if someone refuses to pull up their pants, the officer can then charge the person with disorderly conduct. Offenders will then receive a ticket.

A vote on the proposed ordinance could happen within a week.

In addition to Hampton which passed its sagging pants ordinance on July 22, Cordele and Dublin, Georgia have passed similar laws.  Back in 2007 Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin lobbied for a ban but the council opted for a non-punitive resolution instead.

The practice of wearing sagging pants reportedly originated in the prison system where inmates are not given belts for their pants. Critics of the trend also say within the prison system the practice is seen as a signal to other inmates that the male wearing the sagging pants is available for sex.

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