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Bras saved from push against saggy pants

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Bras will be spared from a Pine Bluff alderman’s campaign against saggy pants.

Alderman Derwood Smith said he will remove bras from a proposed ordinance banning those in the Central Arkansas city from showing “men’s briefs, long johns, boxers, women’s panties, briefs and thongs.” The city council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance Monday night.

“I was asked by a couple of the lady aldermen about it,” Smith said. “I agreed to amend it and remove the word bras.”

Smith’s push comes as Atlanta, along with Alexandria and Shreveport, La., are among the places where similar proposals are being considered. Under his proposal, violators in Pine Bluff could be fined $200.

Smith’s proposal says exposing undergarments creates an unnecessary distraction and a spectacle that offends others. It also says that those who wear the style risk personal injury from tripping over their clothes.

A poll of the council members shows at least half of the council is likely to vote yes — despite a warning from the Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union that the current proposal isn’t likely to withstand a constitutional challenge.

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