Rep. David Moore says he thinks it should be okay for people to get arrested for wearing inappropriate clothing

By Kelli Bender
Updated February 12, 2015 12:55 PM
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Wearing yoga pants in Montana could be a criminal offense, if Rep. David Moore has his way.

In an effort to bolster his state’s indecent exposure law, Moore introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, reports the Billings Gazette. The bill proposes extending the law to include clothes that expose the nipples or give the appearance or simulate a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.

The proposal does not specifically name yoga pants in the text, but Moore made his feelings on the garments clear after the hearing.

“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” the legislator said following the committee meeting, according to the Billings Gazette.

Moore was spurred to change the law after a group of naked cyclists biked through his city of Missoula in August.

The state representative also said he would be okay with people getting arrested for wearing provocative clothes, but would leave those decisions to the police.

Under the current Montana indecent exposure law, a three-time violator of state public nudity laws could face a life sentence. Moore’s changes would extend what clothing is defined as indecent, but would lessen the punishment to a maximum of five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. This was done to help with the bill’s passage, according to Mashable.

A panel is already working to kill Moore’s proposal, reports the Missoulian. Members of the House Judiciary Committee have unanimously voted to table the bill, so it appears the yoga pant admirers of Montana are safe for now.

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