Here's a light-hearted one for a dark day. Delegate Algie Howell Jr. (D-Norfolk) has introduced a bill to give a $50 fine to anyone who exposes his "below-waist undergarments" in an offensive manner. The bill is an amendment to Virginia's existing indecent exposure law that criminalizes "obscene display" of "body parts", punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Is this Virginia's equivalent to Louisiana's "baggy pants bill"? That bill became a national embarrassment after passing Louisiana's criminial justice committe and was ultimately defeated, thanks to opposition from the Louisiana chapter of the ACLU, whose representative stood up for free expression rights, including a spirited defense of the rights of Louisiana plumbers who might occasionally expose, well, let's just say, cracks in their professionalism.
Virginia low-rider wearers, beware. Will we see thong-exposers and droopy-drawer-boxer wearing Virginians uniting in grassroots action to oppose this bill? I can just see them in protest marches now ...paraphrasing Stockard Channing singing in Grease, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers!"
I can see obscene display of body parts as "indecent exposure", but flashing your tighty whities? I dunno. Shouldn't it be called "tacky exposure" instead?