Stephens Votes to Shrink the Size of the Legislature
4/4/2012

HARRISBURG--Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined a majority of House members to pass a bill to shrink the size of the General Assembly.

“One of the best ways to bring reform and efficiency to state government is to shrink the size of state government,” Stephens said. “It’s why I co-sponsored this legislation and am thrilled we’ve gotten this far.”

House Bill 153 streamlines government by reducing the number of House members from 203 to 153. An amendment to the bill was approved to also reduce the size of the Senate from 50 to 38 members. It now moves to the Senate.

"Technology now enables us to serve a larger number of constituents,” Stephens said. “I rely heavily on email, send routine e-newsletters to constituents, and am active on both Facebook and Twitter, all of which enable me to communicate with any number of constituents in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

With 203 members, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the second-largest in the country.

Changing the size of the legislature requires an amendment to the state constitution, which means the same bill must be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania.

“Business has been using technology to do more with less and its time our state government did so as well,” Stephens said.

State Representative Todd Stephens
151st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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