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JENNING, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury has unanimously passed an ordinance making it illegal for any person to appear in a public place wearing pants below the waist and exposing the skin or undergarments.

Police Juror Steve Eastman initially asked the panel to consider banning saggy pants at the parish courthouse in January in response to courthouse employees' complaints about having to see people's underwear and body parts.

Juror Bryon Buller took the suggestion a step further and asked the panel to consider making it illegal for anyone to show their undergarments in public to limit indecent and lewd behavior.

"The guards that check people going into the courthouse complained about people coming into the courthouse dressed like that," Eastman said.

Jurors approved the ordinance Wednesday.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) those violating the law face a $50 fine for the first offense and a $100 fine for each subsequent violation.

Many municipalities, including Merryville, Kinder, Elton, Welsh and Opelousas, have passed similar measures.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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