A lawmaker in Helena, Montana is trying to make the state’s “indecent exposure law” include yoga pants.
Representative David Moore said introduced House Bill 365 on Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee. He said the bill is in response to a group of nude bicyclists who participated in a group bicycle ride through the city of Missoula back in August.
The proposed bill would drastically expand the existing indecent exposure law to include any sort of expose of nipples – including men’s – or any clothing that “gives the appearance or simulates” buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.
That means men can wear shirts with fake nipples, but women cannot. Neither can go topless for any reason – again, including men – and yoga pants that reveal the shape of one’s buttocks are completely prohibited.
“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore stated openly after the introduction of the bill.
The Missoula Republican representative said that he even agreed with people being arrested for “wearing provocative clothing.”
He added that he trusts police officers “to use their discretion.”
Walt Hill, a retired professor in Missoula, helped to draft HB 365. He said, “I want Montana to be known as a decent state where people can live within the security of laws and protect their children and associates from degrading and indecent practices. I believe this bill is written preserving that reputation.”
Currently, if a person is convicted of indecent exposure three times in Montana, they could literally be sentenced to life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine… which sounds almost merciful by comparison.
Moore said the bill “lenient,” because lessens that provision to include a maximum five years in jail and $5,000.