Reed Votes to Advance Bill Reducing the Size of Legislature
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today voted in favor of legislation to reduce the size of the Legislature. House Bill 153, co-sponsored by Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana), would reduce the number of legislators serving in the state House from 203 to 153 and the number of senators from 50 to 38.
“The passage of this legislation marks a major step forward in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government,” said Reed. “It has the potential to positively alter the way in which our representative government works for the people.”
Pennsylvania has the second largest legislature in the nation, second to New Hampshire which has 424 members.
“Our ability as legislators to communicate with constituents has drastically changed over the years,” Reed said. “This evolution, coupled with a smaller legislature’s increased accountability and member involvement, will make for a highly responsive system to those we represent.”
The legislation is authored by House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Armstrong/Indiana/Jefferson) and would amend the state Constitution. It would have to be approved by the House and Senate in two consecutive two-year terms and then be placed on the ballot for approval or rejection by Pennsylvania voters.
“I commend Speaker Smith for his leadership and my colleagues in the House for advancing this issue one step closer to becoming a reality,” said Reed.
The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.
State Representative Dave Reed
62nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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