Grove Supports Effort to Reduce Size of State House
1/24/2012
 
Rep. Grove addresses his colleagues on the House State Government Committee, speaking out in favor of Speaker of the House Sam Smith’s constitutional amendment that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Legislature from 203 to 153 members.
HARRISBURG - Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) voted this morning to advance legislation that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 203 to 153.

“This is legislation the people want, and I am proud to co-sponsor this attempt to right-size state government,” said Grove. “I applaud Speaker of the House Sam Smith for taking leadership on this important issue. Pennsylvania cannot thrive in these modern times with the ‘it’s always been done that way mentality.’ We need to be willing to make the necessary changes to improve our state government and reduce our overall spending.”

To view Grove’s video comments about the legislation, visit http://youtu.be/MiMlsewoYB0

House Bill 153 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to reduce the membership of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after the 2020 reapportionment process is completed.

Grove noted the procedure for amending the constitution is lengthy.

“To become law, this constitutional amendment must be approved by both the House and Senate, publicized in two newspapers in every county, agreed to again by both chambers, and approved by the majority of Pennsylvania voters,” said Grove. “Although by the very nature of the amendment process it would take a significant period of time for this amendment to become law, I believe it will be a welcome revision to Pennsylvania state government.”

House Bill 153 was introduced by Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R- Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana). The legislation was approved by the House State Government Committee, of which Grove is a member. It will now go before the full House for consideration.

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at RepGrove.com or Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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