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Tenn. bill tackling students how to dress headed for floor debate in both chambers

March 29th, 2012 9:40 am by Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that would prohibit students from dressing indecently in school is headed for floor votes in both chambers of the Legislature.


The measure unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee 7-0 on Wednesday and is now being scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. A full vote in the House is scheduled for Monday evening.


The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."


A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago. That measure particularly targeted individuals that sag their pants below the waistline and imposed a fine of up to $250 and 160 hours of community service.


Under the current proposal, school districts would decide a less severe punishment.




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