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Baggy Pants Law from Bill Sponsor Orlando Sen. Gary Siplin to First Coast

5:45 PM, Sep 10, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Orlando Sen. Gary Siplin spent six years trying to convince state lawmakers that baggy pants have no place in schools. This year he succeeded.

Siplin visited several Duval County schools today to spell out details of the law to students and administrators. Siplin's legislation was signed into law in June by Gov. Rick Scott.

"If you can teach a kid how to dress, you can probably teach them how to read and write. If they comply with the rules then they should be successful in life," said Siplin, while visiting Ribault High School.

The law prohibits students from wearing clothing that expose undergarments. A first offense is a warning, the second results in a meeting with the child's parents and being pulled from extracurricular activities for up to five days. 

A third offense calls for three days of in-school suspension and up to a 30-day restriction from extracurricular activities.

Siplin is telling administrators the law is very clear about appropriate dress. 

At some schools Siplin has visited across the state, he brought belts to leave at the school, although he did not in Jacksonville.

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