The Louisiana House gave its blessing to a bill that would allow hunters to wear florescent pink as an alternative to the traditional safety color of hunter’s orange.

Louisiana law requires anyone hunting wildlife during open gun season to display at least 400 square inches of “hunter orange” as a safety precaution. Orange hats also can be worn to satisfy the requirement.

Wearing a bright pink blouse, and passing out pink and camouflage ribbons, Rep. Malinda White, D-Bogalusa, told the House on Wednesday that wearing “blaze pink,” a color not commonly found in nature, could prove to be even safer than orange for hunters.

“It’s not about fashion. It’s about safety,” White said, defending House Bill 179. “There is nothing pink in the forest.”

The House passed the bill 95-5. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Among the few opposing was Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, who said he was concerned that pink was not a safe option for hunters.

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