Fashion Police Back Away From Kansas Capitol Interns

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The new guide for legislative interns at the Capitol does not contain proposed restrictions ranging from the amount of perfume and the number of earrings interns can wear.

Numerous rules suggested last week for inclusion in the 2014 intern handbook by Rep. Peggy Mast, an Emporia Republican, were edited out.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports also removed from the document was a rule asserting ``inappropriate'' photographs and language had to be deleted from personal social media sites.

Staff members of Democratic lawmakers raised questions about the intern fashion regulations that exceeded limits for legislators. Civil rights attorneys also took issue with the boundaries on social media expression for interns.

Under original plan, female interns would be allowed to wear one earring in each ear, while male interns would not be allowed to wear earrings at all. Tennis shoes and strapless tops also would be forbidden. Anyone who violated the rules could have been dismissed from the internship program.

The proposal also could have banned interns from posting unflattering photographs on social media sites or saying anything derogatory about people with whom they come into contact.

The interns begin work at the Statehouse on Monday.


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