A state Senate committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to advance measures that would reduce the numbers of lawmakers in Harrisburg and the numbers of justices on the state’s appeals courts.
Because the measures would result in amending the state Constitution, they would need to pass both the House and Senate in two consecutive legislative sessions and then be put to voters in the form of referendum ballot questions.
Under the proposals which were voted on separately by the Senate Government Committee, the state House would shrink by fifty members to 153 Representatives, and the number of state Senators would decrease from fifty to forty-five. There would be two fewer justices on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, while the Superior Court would go from thirteen to nine justices, and the office of Lieutenant Governor would be eliminated.
The next place where the measures would be considered would be the full state Senate.