While not directly charging sexual orientation bias, Rep. Jeanette Oxford, D-St. Louis City, said she had heard some members of the committee found her "offensive."
Oxford has served on the Special Standing Committee on Children and Families for four years but said she has not been given a satisfactory answer on why House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, denied her a position on the committee.
The power to appoint representatives to committees rests solely with the House speaker, but the minority leader is able to make recommendations.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Accusation: No lesbians for Ron Richard
A legislator who was denied a committee assignment continues to hint that Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, kept her off the committee because she is a lesbian: