Right To Bare Thongs Upheld By Virginia Senate

Committee kills bill that would've fined people for low-riding pants.

As Sisqó once famously sang, "Let me see that thong."

A state Senate committee in Virginia on Thursday unanimously killed a bill the state House approved two days earlier that would've fined people $50 for wearing low-riding pants that expose their undergarments (see "Show Me Your Thong, Show Me The Money: Virginia Cracks Down On Pants").

The committee chairman, Republican Senator Kenneth Stolle, called the bill a distraction, according to The Associated Press.

Indeed, the committee hearing attracted a much larger than usual audience, including about 75 government students from a nearby high school. "If people in Florida can wear bikinis, a little underwear showing isn't going to hurt anybody," 17-year-old Elvyn Shaw reportedly argued.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Delegate Algie T. Howell, issued a statement saying the bill "was in direct response to a number of my constituents who found this to be a very important issue."

Howell, who has also filed bills against drivers who lean too far back in their seats and whose car stereos are too loud, has said the constituents included customers at his barbershop who were offended by exposed underwear, the AP reported.