The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 101-92 to reduce the number of lawmakers in the state’s General Assembly.
The proposed amendment would shrink the state’s Senate from its current 50 members to 37. Originally the amendment also suggested decreasing the House of Representative districts to 153 from its present 203, but that proposal was scrapped before it was passed by the House.
The reduction in the size of the state Senate would not go into effect until the first legislation session after the 2020 reapportionment. According to a fiscal note attached to the bill, the 13 Senate seats cuts may result in saving approximately $4 million to $7 million in the general fund.
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