Dress code dust-up among Pennsylvania lawmakers
HARRISBURG, Pa. After spending months in futile efforts to complete a budget, Pennsylvania legislators have turned their attention to what they should be wearing to the fight over state finances.
Complaints about dress code scofflaws prompted the parliamentarian for the state House of Representatives, where Republicans are in the majority and run the show, to issue a memo last week reminding members that men must wear a coat and tie.
It touched off a debate between two legislators who also are military veterans. They argued in a string of emails distributed widely among members and staff and obtained by The Associated Press.
Democratic Rep. Jake Wheatley said he’d consider wearing a tie “if dressing in the appropriate attire would get us to actually be good public servants and do our appropriate work.”
“Thanks for reminding me that we work in an environment that cares more about appearance than substance,” said the representative from Allegheny County.