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June 08, 2001

If you're in the business of giving sexual harassment seminars, drop a line to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

The legislature went into an uproar Thursday when someone used House stationary to fire off an off-color response to an official memo regarding the attire of House pages, the young political appointees who run errands for members.

The original memo, written at the request of some female legislators, reminded female pages not to wear blouses showing cleavage or skirts more than 4 inches above the knee.

The second memo, purportedly from the "Men's Caucus," urged pages to disregard the reminder and instead save "valuable materials used in blouse construction" and consider undergarments "optional."

It added: "The terms 'babe,' 'honey,' 'sugar' and 'little missy' should be accepted as compliments and terms of endearment."

The House Ethics Committee will investigate, probably with help from law enforcement.

The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., reported Friday that authorship of the memo was "a tightly guarded secret," though "the consensus among many Democrats and Republicans was that the memo was written by a handful of Republicans Wednesday afternoon." The lawmakers identified as possible suspects denied any involvement, the newspaper said.

Source: The State.

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