House Effort To Downsize Passes Hurdle In Pa

09.25.13 | Bob Price

Legislation designed to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was approved by the House State Government Committee on Tuesday in Harrisburg.  House Bill 1234 would reduce the number of legislative districts from 203 to 153, and would be enacted after the 2020 reapportionment.  House Speaker Rep. Sam Smith, the prime sponsor of the bill, said that a reduction in the size of the legislature would allow lawmakers to better understand the importance of each issue in different parts of the Commonwealth, and would result in laws that are more effective and timely.