Louisiana City Council to Vote on Banning People From Showing Underwear in Public

The Gonzales City Council will hold a vote on a proposed "saggy pants" ordinance prohibiting people from showing their underwear in public, after the city attorney reworks the language in the proposal to make it more clear.

The council will vote on the proposal Dec. 10.

Gonzales Mayor Johnnie Berthelot said that he had asked city attorney Ryland Percy to review the proposed ordinance, written by Police Chief Bill Landry.

The American Civil Liberties Union, in a Nov. 14 letter to Gonzales city officials, asking them not to pass the proposal as originally written because it was unconstitutional and "vague and overbroad."

Landry said the proposed ordinance was based on similar saggy pants ordinances adopted in Lafayette and Shreveport.