HARRISBURG PA – How many state legislators constitute an effective group? No, the answer is not “none,” although that might have made a worthy punch line.
Actually, Rep. Sam Smith of Jefferson County, who has been the speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives for the past six months, on Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2011) suggested the best answer might be “about 150.”
Smith is one of several legislators who in recent weeks have offered competing proposals to shrink the size of state government in Harrisburg in an effort to reduce costs and make the political body work better. The number he chose “isn’t magic,” he said, but instead was based on evidence that suggested legislators could best learn their colleague’s opinions about various issues in a group of far fewer than the existing 203 House politicians.
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Photo from Rep. Sam Smith