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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A group of concerned citizens showed up Monday night at the Albany Law Enforcement Center to discuss the city's proposed ban on saggy pants. But The biggest concern was not about the so called lewd fashion itself, instead most of the opposition what directed at whether outlawing it is necessary.

Commissioner Christopher Pike organized the summit along with Albany State's freshmen class as a way of getting the public's insight on the issue before it comes up for a vote later this month.

Michael Harper is one of those who shared his opinion. He said, "I do not like saggy pants. I do not like them."

Like many others at the summit he believes that doling out fines to those in violation is simply not bringing a solution to the a much bigger problem.

He said, "We need to look at the overwhelming cause of what makes them sag their pants. I would rather put something in a child's mind that makes him pick up his own pants. Because if you go to force them to pick them up, then you've got to force them to keep them up."

Violators would be fined $25 on the first offense and $200 on the second. Jail time and possible community service could follow.

If the ordinance passes, Albany would join cities like Dublin and Hahira who have successfully outlawed saggy pants.

Other cities including Atlanta and Savannah studied the idea but did not pass saggy pants ordinances. The state legislature in Alabama has looked at making a state law there.

It's something Kirby Browning wouldn't mind seeing happen here.

"I am offended, deeply offended whenever I see saggy pants out in public," he said.

But the overwhelming sentiment was in opposition to the government enforcing how people can dress.

"What we saw is that while people appreciate the effort, and while they themselves don't want to be exposed to saggy pants, they realize it's not the governments place to regulate those types of things," said Commissioner Christopher Pike.

There will be a public hearing during the November 16th city commission meeting.

You have to sign up in advance if you want to speak about the proposed ordinance then.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote November 23rd.

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