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Richard Hanna

Women's wear 'distracts' state lawmakers

Republican Sen. Mitch Holmes clearly recalls when women have worn "over the top" attire during his decade in the Kansas Statehouse.

"A blouse that came way past the rib cage was one of the most outlandish ones," he told The Associated Press. Such women's wear can distract from the legislative process, he said, explaining why a dress code was needed in his Ethics and Elections committee.

Holmes dropped his guidelines on Tuesday, the day after his AP interview, after he was shamed on social media as a "sexist" and "cave man" for telling women how to dress. In a written apology, he said he "meant no offense" by suggesting that...