Reducing size of House of Representatives
August 19, 2013
Harrisburg- The idea to reduce the size of Pennsylvania government is spreading. Last week state Rep. Sam Smith said he is again raising the issue of reducing the House of Representatives, with hope of attracting enough support so a proposal passes the House and the Senate before the current session ends in November 2014. And State Sen. Judy Schwank, also urged lawmakers and the governor last week to finally consider her proposal to reduce the size of the General Assembly by more than a third.
"For too long, taxpayers have had to pay for an institution that, by nearly every standard, is too big," Schwank said. With 50 senators and 203 representatives, Pennsylvania has the largest full-time legislature in the nation.