Montana State Representative Calls For Stricter Indecent Exposure Laws

| by Karen Eisenberg

Montana State Rep. David Moore (R) wants stricter indecent exposure laws. On Tuesday, Moore and Walt Hill, a retired professor in Missoula, Montana, introduced House Bill 365, which would outlaw “any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region or exposes any device worn as a cover over the nipple or areola of the female breast that simulates and gives the realistic appearance of a nipple or areola while in a public place,” as reported by NY Mag.

"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," Hill said. "I believe this bill is written preserving that reputation," the NY Daily News reports.

Moore also seeks to extend the already-existing indecent exposure law to include any article of clothing that reveals not just female nipples, but also male nipples, according to the Huffington Post.

Moore didn’t stop there. He sparked major controversy when he told a reporter that “yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway.” After receiving backlash for his comment, Moore now claims he was only joking.

"The whole [thing] was an off-the-cuff remark in the hallway, and the whole thing just exploded," Moore told the Guardian. "At no time during the hearing of that bill was yoga pants brought up." 

However, according to NY Mag, the Associated Press maintains that Moore seemed pretty serious about outlawing yoga pants before his statement became a national story. "Our reporter spoke to him at length," said a representative of the wire service. "She asked him about that statement twice." According to the Associated Press, Moore only "told associates he was making a joke" after everyone started making fun of him.

Reports say that Moore decided to draft House Bill 365 in response to the Bare As You Dare bicycle event, which took place last summer. Many participants rode their bikes completely nude through downtown Missoula, which reportedly outraged local residents.

Sources: NY MagNY Daily Newsthe Huffington Postthe Guardian

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