Caddo advances pajama, saggy pants legislation


Posted on October 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 11:01 PM

Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Caddo Parish Commission will decide Thursday whether to formally encourage businesses to prohibit patrons from wearing pajamas in their establishments.

The Times reports ( commissioners voted during their work session Monday to give District 3's Michael Williams his due process and advance his resolution to their regular agenda.

"I hope that my colleagues know by now I'm very serious," Williams said. "The next (generation) is going to be in Victoria's Secret, and the next generation is going to be nude."

Earlier this year, Williams tried to get his peers to adopt a ban on pajamas in public that also included a clause against wearing saggy pants. That legislation was quashed and not advanced to a vote.

In his latest proposal, Williams only is pushing for a resolution - not a law - encouraging businesses to incorporate a pajama ban in their dress codes.

During Monday's work session, Commissioner David Cox said that he has received calls from business owners who oppose the pajama ban but that they were unaware the legislation is only a resolution of support and would not be made into law.

"Some of the stores that I talked to in my district were saying `you're taking money out of my pocket,'" Cox said. "I tried to explain what you are going for. They just want to make sure when this goes any further that they have a say in it."

In a separate piece of legislation, Williams is pushing for the parish to adopt a law against wearing sagging pants. If the ordinance is officially introduced Thursday, commissioners would vote on it Nov. 8.

Both pieces of legislation would apply only to unincorporated areas of Caddo. The no-sagging law would be enforced by the Caddo sheriff's office.


Information from: The Times,