Bill to Shrink Legislature Heads to Senate, Turzai Says
4/4/2012
HARRISBURG – Following through on the pledge to change how Harrisburg operates, the House of Representatives today advanced legislation to reduce the size of the General Assembly, Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said.

House Bill 153, a constitutional amendment that would reduce the size and cost of state government, passed the House with a 140-49 vote.

“As Republicans, we stand for smaller government, and that includes a smaller legislature,” Turzai said. “This legislation is an opportunity for us to ‘right-size’ Pennsylvania government, and frankly, a smaller group of lawmakers could deal more efficiently and effectively with the major issues facing the state.”

With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest and second most expensive legislature in the country.

To change the size of the legislature requires an amendment to the state constitution. The constitutional amendment process requires that the same bill be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania.

The legislation now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

State Representative Mike Turzai
28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Stephen Miskin
smiskin@pahousegop.com
717.705.1852
PAHouseGOP.com
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