- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s new House speaker says he’s talking with Democratic leaders about modifying a dress code that has drawn criticism from some lawmakers.

Austin Knudsen, a Republican from Culbertson, tells The Independent Record (https://bit.ly/1uLyCSm ) he’s been speaking with one of the code’s most outspoken critics, incoming House Minority Whip Jenny Eck.

Knudsen says “I think this is kind of a pointless, unnecessary fight.”

The House Republican leadership issued a one-page pronouncement earlier this month declaring that representatives are required to dress in formal business attire during the session. The dress code suggests women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines. Men must wear suits or sports jackets and dress pants, ties, dress shirts and dress shoes or dress boots.

Eck says the rules are right out of the 19th century.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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