Sam Smith’s Grand Plan

Posted by By at 30 March, at 10 : 19 AM Print

Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith pulled his sweeping reform bill off the shelf for others to digest in the open. Smith (R-Punxsutawney) introduced a measure on Tuesday to remove 50 seats from the House.

Smith believes a smaller House would make for a more effective legislative body. At 203 members, Pennsylvania boasts the second largest legislature in the nation.

In Smith’s mind, fewer bodies would mean a fast track for bills, and he has plenty of Republican support. Nearly 60 House members c0-sponsored the bill, which was introduced on Tuesday, and Smith says some Democrats will come on board.

The measure will have to clear both the House and Senate, and then go before voters for thumbs up or down via a referendum. Smith acknowledges that it could take a decade to bring the measure to fruition.

Greg Golazeski says a reduction of 50 does not go far enough to make Pennsylvania more efficient. You can find out why by clicking on Rock The Capital.

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