Montana lawmaker wants to tighten indecent exposure law, outlaw some provocative clothing

Associated Press

A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state's indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants.

Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists who rolled through Missoula in August.

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The proposal would expand indecent exposure law to include any garment that "gives the appearance or simulates" a person's buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.

The Republican from Missoula says tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal. He says he wouldn't have a problem with people being arrested for wearing provocative clothing but that he'd trust law enforcement officials to use their discretion.

Moore says he believes yoga pants and men's Speedo-style swim briefs should be illegal in public.