I’m starting to think I should just create a tag called “Nanny State” for some of these pieces of legislation coming out of the Arkansas General Assembly this session. We endured the life and death of such pieces as the no earphones while running bill and the talk of banning bath salts, but this has gone too far.
Rep. Tracy Steele of North Little Rock will soon propose legislation that would put the kibosh on sagging pants for young men in public schools, telling Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times that he won’t be targeting raggedy or baggy pants, but merely saggy pants revealing droopy drawers.
Top issues this year include low numbers in Arkansas’ educational system, an attempt to pull the nation out of the dregs of an ensuing recession, addressing significant job loss… and, apparently, reform when it comes to underwear-bearing young men — on the state’s dime and our taxpaying selves, of course.
But hey, it’s not as if schools don’t already have their own dress codes. If that were true the El Dorado Public Schools’ policy wouldn’t restrict students from wearing bare midsection tops, halter/strapless/tank tops, revealing tops, sagging pants or shorts, short shorts/skirts or exceptionally suggestive clothing, right?