Christiana Votes to Reduce the Size of Pennsylvania General Assembly
HARRISBURG – In favor of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the legislative process in Pennsylvania and reducing operating costs, Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) today voted “yes” to House Bill 153, which would reduce the size of the state House and Senate chambers.
“A reduction in the number of legislators would most certainly cut costs significantly and help to make taxpayer’s dollars go farther,” said Christiana. “Fiscal responsibility begins with us.”
House Bill 153, authored by House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House and Senate by 25 percent.
Pennsylvania currently has the second-largest General Assembly in the nation.
“Decreasing numbers in the House and Senate would also allow for better communication between members and the two chambers,” said Christiana. “The people of Pennsylvania would benefit by having their concerns addressed in a faster and more efficient manner.”
Under this bill, the number of members in the House of Representatives would decrease from 203 to 153 members, and the Senate would decrease from 50 to 38 members.
Because House Bill 153 would amend the constitution, it must be approved by the House and Senate in two consecutive legislative sessions. It would then be placed on the ballot for approval or rejection by Pennsylvania voters.
House Bill 153 now heads to the Senate for consideration.
State Representative Jim Christiana
15th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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