Kansas senator under fire for dress code concerning women

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TOPEKA - Republican Kansas senator and chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, Mitch Holmes is catching heat over a dress code he wrote that singles out women who speak before the committee. No low-cut necklines and mini-skirts.

"There was no suggestion that men needed any help deciding what to put on in the morning. It was targeted only at women," said Democratic Senator, Laura Kelly.

The rule says anyone speaking before the committee should be professionally dressed but it goes into detail where women are concerned.

Democratic State Representative Barbara Ballard said, "It's hard enough to get people to come and testify as it is and now we're saying that they're, and now we're giving them a particular dress."

Holmes says revealing too much skin can be "distracting." Some say imposing a dress code seems to skirt real issues that need addressing.