Who wears the pants in the Alaska State Legislature? Apparently, not female legislators.
House Rules Chairman Craig Johnson (R-Anchorage) has set down a mandatory dress code for all floor sessions. Male legislators are required to wear a jacket, tie and dark trousers; whereas their female colleagues are required to wear a skirt or dress unless they wear a pantsuit.
In the same memorandum, Johnson banned “beverage containers with labels” from the House floor. This would include soda cans as well as ceramic coffee cups with messages such as ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ or ‘Pants: Not Just For Men Anymore’ printed on them.
Cell phones and cameras have also been barred from being brought onto the floor of the House.
Here is Rep. Johnson’s memorandum, in full: