Wisconsin Senate Argument Over Dress Code

Chris v. Chris

During a Wisconsin Senate session, an argument between Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) over the dress code broke out on February 16th.

After Larson started to speak about a bill, Kapenga interrupted.

“Senator from the 7th, under Senate rule eight I’m going to request that you pop your jacket on,” Kapenga said.

Larson then responded by questioning the rule after Kapenga said the rule requires that men wear jackets when Wisconsin Senate is in session. Larson, who was attending virtually from his Capitol office, flipped the topic back to masks.

“So just to be clear, you’re going to enforce somebody to wear a jacket in their office, but not have somebody wear a mask in the chamber. Is that correct?” Larson said.

“That is correct, senator. Those are not in the rules. Wearing of a coat is,” Kapenga said.

In a statement to WISN 12, Larson said, “It’s hypocritical. It doesn’t make sense. There isn’t a requirement for a mask, but apparently there is a rule for a jacket.”

Rules are rules, I guess.

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