Daily Local News, 5/26/11. by Eric Boehm, PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Pressure is building on state lawmakers to consider changes to the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly after a Democrat joined a trio of Republicans in officially introducing legislation to reduce the number of legislators in the state.
State Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, announced legislation to cut 83 seats from the state House and 10 seats from the state Senate, resulting in 121 state House districts and 40 state Senate districts.
The state House now has 203 members and the state Senate has 50.
The newest proposal would reduce the ratio of Senate members to House members from 4-to-1 to 3-to-1. It also would give each member of the General Assembly a larger district, both in terms of geography and population.
Each House district now includes about 62,000 residents, while Senate districts include about 250,000 residents. Under Schwank’s proposal, there would be 104,000 residents in each House district and 315,000 in each senatorial district.
Schwank said modern technology made it acceptable to have larger districts….
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