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Kauffman Testified Before House State Government Committee on Legislation to Reduce Size of PA Legislature
8/9/2011

 
Rep. Rob Kauffman testified before the House State Government Committee on his legislation to gradually reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Legislature during the next four reapportionments from 203 representative districts to 153.
State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today testified before the House State Government Committee on his legislation to gradually reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Legislature during the next four reapportionments from 203 representative districts to 153.

 

“I first introduced this legislation in 2007 and still believe that reducing the size and operation of the Pennsylvania Legislature is warranted,” said Kauffman. “With new electronic means of communication, lawmakers are able to more efficiently and expeditiously assist larger numbers of constituents. In addition, a smaller legislative body can lend itself to more productive debate and voting sessions.”

 

Specifically, Kauffman’s legislation would reduce the state’s current 203 House districts in a graduated manner as follows:

  • 193 representative districts effective January 2013.
  • 183 representative districts effective January 2023.
  • 173 representative districts effective January 2033.
  • 163 representative districts effective January 2043.
  • 153 representative districts effective January 2053.

“My legislation would only be a 5 percent reduction every 10 years,” said Kauffman. “This type of slow, gradual reduction is key in order to adequately make adjustments to absorb greater numbers of constituents per district.”

 

House Bill 876 proposes to reduce the state Legislature through a constitutional amendment, which requires approval by the General Assembly during two consecutive sessions and support by voters in a subsequent referendum in order to take effect.

 

Kauffman noted that Pennsylvania currently has the second largest state legislature in the nation, yet the state is ranked sixth in the nation in terms of population size.

 

“If other larger states can adequately accomplish their duties with fewer lawmakers, there is no reason Pennsylvania cannot do the same,” said Kauffman. “Serving a slightly larger contingent of residents is certainly manageable, and I contend that a more efficient and leaner state government is in order.”

 

House Bill 876 was one of several legislative proposals vetted before the House State Government Committee today. The issue of reducing the size of the state Legislature is expected to come before the General Assembly this fall.

 

State Representative Rob Kauffman

89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Tricia Lehman                     

tlehman@pahousegop.com
717.772.9840 
RepKauffman.com    

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