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House Committee Approves Kauffman’s Bill to Reduce the Size of the State House
HARRISBURG – The House State Government Committee this week overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) to reduce the size of the state House of Representatives.

“I am pleased that the committee recognized the merits of my legislation compared to some other legislative reduction bills,” said Kauffman. “House Bill 876 would institute a gradual reduction that would better ensure a high level of constituent service during the transition. I don’t think many people question whether or not the size of the General Assembly should be reduced, but are rather more concerned about whether services will still be maintained at an adequate level.”

House Bill 876 would reduce the Legislature in a graduated manner as follows: 

        • January 2023 – 193 representative districts. 
        • January 2033 – 183 representative districts. 
        • January 2043 – 173 representative districts. 
        • January 2053 – 163 representative districts. 
        • January 2063 – 153 representative districts.

“I strongly believe that with today’s use of technology, we can reach and serve our constituents adequately with many fewer members,” said Kauffman. “I also believe that with fewer members, debate and passage of legislation will be more efficient and streamlined. Although other legislative reduction bills have been introduced, mine has been in the works for several years and would accomplish the goal in a very doable, graduated manner of only a 5 percent reduction every 10 years.”

To change the size of the Legislature requires an amendment to the state constitution, which means House Bill 876 must be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania.

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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