New MO Rule: Female Lawmakers May Not Bare Arms

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Democrats on Wednesday slammed a Republican-backed change to the Missouri House dress code for women legislators. Rep. Ann Kelley, R-Lamar (photo), proposed explicitly requiring women legislators to wear jackets on the House floor, saying “it is essential to always maintain a formal and professional atmosphere.”

Lawmakers debate changes to House rules at the beginning of the General Assembly, every two years. Previous rules stated “dresses or skirts or slacks worn with a blazer or sweater and appropriate dress shoes or boots” were allowed.

“I’ve seen a lot of lack of decorum in this room in my two years here and not once has that lack of decorum spurred from someone’s blazer or lack thereof,” said Rep. Ashley Aune, D-Kansas City.

Read the full article. Rep. Ann Kelley last appeared on JMG in September 2021 when she helped ban an LGBTQ history exhibit from the state Capitol.