JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – The Missouri House of Representatives changed its dress code for women after Wednesday’s debate on House Rules.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for stricter dress code rules only for women lawmakers during the ongoing legislative session.
As recently as 2021, the dress code allowed women to wear “a dress or skirt or slacks with a blazer or sweater and appropriate dress shoes or boots.” A newly adopted house rule states that appropriate attire for women is “a jacket worn with a dress, skirt, or slacks, and dress shoes or boots.”
The change was heavily supported by Republican lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives, especially two women. Rep. Anne Kelly (R-Lamar) proposed the change on the floor on Wednesday. Rep. Brenda Shields (Republican St. Joseph) proposed an amendment to classify jackets as blazers or cardigans.
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Many Democrats, including Rep. Peter Merides (D. St. Louis), voiced strong opposition.
“Yeah, the caucuses that were racking their brains over the suggestion that we should wear masks during the pandemic to respect the safety of others are now finessing what women must wear ( I spend a lot of time focusing on (especially the way I cover my arms), and I pay my respects here,” Merides said. Via Twitter on Wednesday.
The dress code for men, unchanged since the last Congress, was debated on Wednesday. Must”.
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