Myers letting vehicle vulgarity bill die

November 30, 1999|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

ANNAPOLIS ? A Washington County state delegate is letting his proposed ban on human and animal genital displays on motor vehicles die in committee.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, said there were "good intentions" behind his proposal.

"Unfortunately, the bill has taken a whole other direction and has basically had a life of its own," he said Friday.

After a constituent complained about the proliferation of fake bull testicles hanging from pickup trucks, Myers filed a bill to prohibit displays of simulated genitals.

The bill read, "A person may not display on a motor vehicle any model, sign, sticker, or other item that depicts or resembles anatomically correct, less than completely and opaquely covered, human or animal genitals, human buttocks, or human female breasts."


The fine would have been up to $500.

The bill attracted international attention. Myers said many people complimented him for his fight for public decency.

On Internet chat sites, though, others ridiculed the proposal. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland questioned its limitation on free speech.

Last month, the bill went to the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, where approval was needed to send the bill to another House committee for consideration.

However, Myers said Friday that he decided not to pursue the bill any longer, meaning it will die.

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