Saturday, October 10, 2009

OnLine Petition To Reduce Pennsylnvania's Legislature To 70

According to an article by David Pierce in the Pocono Record Schuylkill County resident Norman Bertasavage has started an online petition to reduce the size of Pennsylvania's legislature to 70.

A petition asks the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to invoke a provision of the state constitution to dissolve the General Assembly within 45 days and convene a constitutional convention to establish a new elective body.

Proponents want to replace the current crew — 50 state senators and 203 house members — with a single chamber of no more than 70 members. Current assembly members would be barred from serving as delegates to the convention and prohibited from returning as legislators for five years

In prior posts I talked about the enormous size of our legislature and its staff. Bonusgate highlighted the size of the staff to foster a political agenda and win elections, nothing more. The budget problem demonstrated that no matter what size of legislature and staff the leadership could not get the job done on time.

You can view the petition here.

You can sign the petition here.

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