New bill would ban saggy pants in South Carolina

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - Lawmakers in South Carolina are discussing punishing people who wear saggy pants. A bill in the House would make it unlawful to wear pants too low and that expose “skin or undergarments.”

According to CBS-affiliate WBTW, it would not be a criminal offense, but offenders could be fined $25 for a first offense; $50 or three hours of community service for a second offense; and $75 or six hours of community service for a third or subsequent offense.

According to House Bill 4957:

“It is unlawful for a person to appear in public wearing his pants more than three inches below the crest of his ileum exposing his skin or undergarments.”

The bill refers to the unlawful act in terms of the male pronoun “his.” Females are not included in the wording.

Support for the bill has weakened since it was introduced last week. Eleven house members signed onto the bill last Thursday. At last check Wednesday, six ordered their names be taken off, including one representative from Georgetown County.