HARRISBURG, Pa. — In a story Feb. 5 about a proposal to shrink the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the House on Monday turned down proposed changes to the constitutional amendment. The House approved an amendment that would also shrink the Senate, from 50 members to 38.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Bill to trim number of state House reps moves closer to vote
Pennsylvania state representatives are moving closer to a vote that would let the public decide whether to trim about a quarter of their own members
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania state representatives are moving closer to a vote that would let the public decide whether to trim about a quarter of their own members.
The state House on Monday made a change to the proposed constitutional amendment, to shrink the Senate from 50 to 38 members.
Amendments at this stage could prevent the constitutional referendum from being put before the state’s voters this year.
A final vote in the House and passage by the Senate are still required.
The referendum would cut the size of the state House of Representatives from 203 to 151 members.
If it’s approved, the smaller House will go into effect with the new districts drawn after the 2020 U.S. Census.
The smaller House isn’t expected to be a major cost savings, but could make the institution operate more efficiently.