Could Downsizing The House Hurt Democracy In PA?

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino talks with State Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, about the plan proposed Tuesday to cut down the number of representatives in the Pennsylvania House from 203 to 153.

Rapp has publicly opposed reducing the number of Representatives and she argues to Mangino that fewer representatives would equal less representation for Pennsylvania voters.

Five proposals, including one from House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson County, were presented Tuesday before the State Government Committee on H.B. 153.

Governor Tom Corbett believes that a constitutional amendment would be approved by Pennsylvania voters.  The amendment would have to be approved by two consecutive legislative sessions before it would pass to the voters.

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  • Thomas J Duttine

    Typical/ second largest in the country+all the staffs. WE AREN’T THE 2nd LARGEST STATE Kathy!

  • ed

    The less representation the better.

    • bob

      In terms of today’s representation, you’re absolutely right, as there is none. A little bit of actual representation would be nice, however. Good luck with that.

  • KKnox

    Are you kidding ? Of course we would run just as good ( if not better). It’s a shame when the land of taxes and a state that can’t balance a budget has more representatives than a lot of states twice our size.. It’s funny too, how to balance the budget, they cut funding to education, making school districts scramble to balance a budget, YET, our fabulous constituents in Harrisburg got a COL raise at the beginning of August. Eliminate a lot of the high priced bell hops in Harrisburg and watch how much we could save.

  • Baker6

    any shootings tonite in the ghetto?

  • bob

    Mathematically, a smaller House would leave less representation for Pennsylvanians. In practice, however, I think we would feel no less representation with only 3 members in the House, as compared to the current 203, Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’, as the song goes. That’s pretty much what we have to lose. Worried about losing 50? Heck, no! Let’s get rid of 150. Same net result.

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