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State Senate Recessed Without Passing Bill To Reduce Pennsylvania Legislature

July 19, 2014

Among the bills which were not passed before the state legislature’s summer break was a proposed Constitutional amendment which would have reduced the size of the state House and Senate.

The measure would have trimmed the Senate from 50 to 45 members and the House from 203 to 153 Representatives.

After it passed the House, the bill was unanimously approved by the Senate State Government Committee, but it stalled on the Senate floor.  Pennsylvania contains the largest fulltime state legislature in the nation.

Radio PA News reports that those who support reduction point to potential cost savings and increased efficiency, but opponents say representation would be less equal and would be concentrated in the state’s most highly populated areas.

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