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Pa. committee votes to shrink size of legislature

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A state House committee has voted out two bills to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature.

House Bill 1234 would reduce the number of seats in the state House of Representatives from 203 to 153 and House Bill 1716 would cut the number of Pennsylvania Senate seats from 50 to 38.

Both passed the House State Government Committee by a vote of 18-7 Tuesday.

House speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) sponsored the bills and said a smaller General Assembly could more efficiently debate and pass legislation.

Both proposals require an amendment to the state's constitution, so each must be passed during two consecutive legislative sessions and placed on the ballot as a referendum question for voters.

Smith said that if the bills are approved, the House and Senate districts would likely be redrawn during the next reapportionment in 2020.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.

The House approved a similar proposal in the last session, but it was not considered by the Senate.


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