Pennsylvania House to consider downsizing the Assembly

    Some say Pennsylvania’s 253-member Legislature is too big. So today, the House will consider proposals for shrinking the state’s General Assembly.

    The State Government Committee today will review various approaches to downsizing the Assembly, as the Associated Press reports, but ultimately, a constitutional amendment would be required.

    While supporters say shrinking the body would reduce cost and increase efficient, opponents fear a cut would diminish voters’ voices in Harrisburg.

    The amendment would have to pass the Legislature in consecutive two-year sessions before being put in front of voters for the final say.

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