A lawmaker in Helena, Montana had tried his best to make the state’s “indecent exposure law” include yoga pants. Representative David Moore introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee last month. 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 meant to 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 could wear shirts with fake nipples, but women could not. Neither could 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.”
But the bill ultimately failed after members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365 last month thanks to our earlier article on this bill which mobilized hundreds of thousands to flood Missoula with calls and emails, denouncing the proposed bill.
This is a true victory for internet mobilization. The bill was tabled in only a little over a day after calls started flooding in, letting lawmakers know that the people would not stand for this bizarre and totalitarian law.
(Article by M. David; Jackson Marciana and Reagan Ali)