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Roae Votes for Bill Approved by House to Reduce the Size of PA State Legislature
HARRISBURG – The state House today approved a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

House Bill 153 would reduce the number of state representatives from 203 to 153. An amendment was added to the bill that would reduce the number of state senators from 50 to 38.

“Pennsylvania families are doing more with less during the Great Recession,” Roae said. “Many employers have had to cut back during these hard times. I think it’s only appropriate that we look at downsizing the state Legislature.”

The reduction would take place following the first reapportionment after 2020. General Assembly districts are redrawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census. Roae voted for an amendment that would have implemented the change in 2014, but that measure failed to garner a majority of support on the House floor.

A long-time advocate of efforts to reduce government costs, Roae recently suggested several ways the state may be able to reduce subsidies for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools without negatively affecting students. Roae suggested moderate salary adjustments and increased workloads for professors could help close any PASSHE funding holes without passing the burden onto students through tuition increases.

“I’m prepared to lead by example,” Roae said. “I believe state representatives can serve districts with 80,000 constituents instead of 60,000 and PASSHE professors can teach 15 hours per week rather than 12. When times are tough, we all need to make sacrifices.”

Because House Bill 153 would amend the state constitution, it must be approved by the House and Senate in two consecutive legislative sessions. Voters then would have an opportunity to approve or reject the constitutional amendment through a ballot referendum.

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Dan Massing
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