Dress code dust-up among Penn­syl­va­nia law­mak­ers

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES -

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.

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