By Tim Carpenter, THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
Kansas Republicans accused organized labor activists Thursday of forcing female legislators to endure sexually explicit and degrading comments while passing into the House chamber before a vote to end automatic deductions from paychecks for union political causes.
Democrats and a representative of the Kansas AFL-CIO disputed the GOP claims, and both sides pointed to video evidence to support their interpretation of events.
House Speaker Mike Oâ€™Neal, R-Hutchinson, said the vocal crowd crossed the line by engaging in salty commentary outside of the House chamber and by shouting inside the chamber when the paycheck bill came to a vote.
â€œThere were comments of sexually explicit nature directed at both female legislators and female staff,â€ Oâ€™Neal said. â€œThatâ€™s the most disrespectful display from the gallery Iâ€™ve seen in 27 years Iâ€™ve been here.â€
To read more, visit: http://cjonline.com/news/state/2011-02-24/unions-members-protest-house
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