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Trimming the Fat
9/30/2013

By State Representative Tommy Sankey
74th Legislative District

The House State Government Committee recently passed two pieces of legislation that would move to reduce the size of the state Legislature. House Bill 1234 would amend the Constitution of Pennsylvania to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 203 members to 153, effective with the first session of the General Assembly that begins after legislative reapportionment in the year 2020. House Bill 1716 would reduce the number of members of the Senate of Pennsylvania from 50 to 38 during the same time frame.

It is a fact that, at 253 members, our state Legislature is the second largest in the country. We trail only New Hampshire's 424-member body, but it is worth noting that their members receive only $100 per year for their part-time service. The Pennsylvania General Assembly is one of the highest “professionalized” of legislatures, taking into account legislative pay, number of days in session, and staff per legislator.

I am co-sponsoring both of these bills because I believe in limited government and practicing what you preach. We, the members of the General Assembly, are public servants, not self- servants, and it is time to “trim the fat.”

I have received negative criticism for supporting these bills. There are residents in rural areas of the state who think downsizing would weaken their voice at the state Capitol. While I disagree with their belief, I understand and appreciate their opinion.  

It is important to note that passage of these bills does not automatically result in legislative reduction. Amendments to the state constitution must pass the House and Senate during two separate legislative terms. They would then go before you, the voter, in the form of a statewide voter referendum for final approval.

I would like to know your thoughts on the legislation. Do you like the size of the Legislature as it is right now, or do you believe bigger is not better? To register your opinion, please visit my website, www.RepSankey.com, and click on the strip labeled “Your Opinion Matters.” You will find a simple one-question survey that asks you about this issue.

My job is best accomplished when I know your views on key issues. This brief survey helps me do my job better in working for you, and I appreciate you taking part in the legislative process.
Questions about this or any other legislative issue may be directed to my Clearfield office at (814) 765-0609 or my Osceola Mills office at (814) 339-6544.

Representative Tommy Sankey
74th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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717.260.6137
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