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Some say TN saggy pants bill doesn't go far enough

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A plan to keep Tennessee students from wearing saggy pants to school is on its way to a full House vote.

But some lawmakers don't think it goes far enough. They want it to include sports bras.

On any given day outside the Metro courthouse, plenty of people are seen wearing saggy pants.

"It's really indecent exposure, because if the crack of your butt is out while you are walking down the street, that's on the books. That's half streaking," said state Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis.

In the past, Towns has tried and failed to criminalize saggy pants. Now, he is taking his fight to the classroom.

He says habits are formed at an early age, and allowing kids to show their underwear during school hours is wrong.

"It's unacceptable, it's deplorable and it's not sending the right message to kids," Towns said. "It's not acceptable to our community to allow that to be tolerated."

Towns is getting a lot of support from his colleagues on the bill that would require school districts to include language that prohibits kids from showing off their underwear.

But some also think it doesn't go far enough.

"It's pretty shocking to me that you go to practices and games, and young ladies are walking around in their sports bras," said State Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville.

Towns says his bill doesn't include that language, but he says requiring proper dress at an early age is important for the students' futures.

"You can't have that kind of conduct in any professional environment," he said. "And that school system is a professional environment. And the rules are the rules."

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