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Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
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Roae Votes for Bill Approved by House Committee to Reduce Size of Legislature
1/25/2012
HARRISBURG – As a member of the House State Government Committee, Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill approved by that body that would reduce the number of state representatives from 203 to 153.

“Reducing the size of the state House from 203 representatives to 153 would increase efficiency and decrease the cost for taxpayers,” Roae said. “California has approximately three times the population of Pennsylvania and it has an 80-member state House. Our state House is two-and-a-half times the size of California’s! We can save taxpayer money by reducing the state Legislature.”

Roae voted for and the State Government Committee approved House Bill 153, which was introduced by the speaker of the House. The bill would amend Pennsylvania’s state constitution to reduce the number of House members without changing the composition of the state Senate.

“Pennsylvania is much different now than it was 100 years ago,” Roae said. With the Internet, email, interstate highways, cell phones and other advancements, representatives can communicate with people much more efficiently than previously. I make myself available to anyone who wants to meet with me and I would continue to do that even with a larger district. Logistically, I don’t think there’s an issue to prevent us from moving forward with this important reform.”

Because the bill calls for a constitutional amendment, it would have to be approved by the House and Senate in two consecutive two-year terms. The proposal then would be placed on the ballot as a referendum for Pennsylvania voters to approve or reject.

“The voters will have the final say on this proposal,” Roae said. “My goal right now is to get it approved so that voters can have that say at the ballot box.”

The proposal would begin to reduce the number of House members following the 2020 Census and subsequent legislative reapportionment.

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representa
tives
Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
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