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Southern exposure: Baggy pants ban in works

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Some northwestern Indiana officials are pushing for a local ordinance banning low-riding pants out in public that they say flash too much underwear.

Merrillville Councilman Don Spann said he’s seen many people walking along the street with their pants hanging around the buttocks and that many residents support the Lake County town adopting some clothing rules.

The Times of Munster reports ( that the proposal would impose possible fines, but not criminal charges, for people wearing their pants more than 3 inches below the hip in public places.

Council President Shawn Pettit said he thinks the saggy pants look is terrible but he doesn’t know whether the town can legally restrict how people wear their pants.

He suggested considering having the ban apply only at parks and other town-owned property.