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Boback Comments on House Vote to Reduce Representation in Pennsylvania
4/4/2012
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania House of Representative consideration of House Bill 153, which would reduce the number of legislators in the General Assembly:

“After carefully reviewing this legislation over the past several weeks, I could not vote in favor of this bill, or any other piece of legislation, knowing that it could ultimately have a negative effect on small towns and rural areas, like those represented in my district. Furthermore, what are the cost savings? No one could statistically answer that question, which leads me to believe that it can actually end up costing the taxpayer more!

“My ‘no’-vote was based solely on what I believe serves the best interests of every resident of the Commonwealth, particularly those I represent. If this legislation were to succeed in the constitutional amendment process, which is lengthy, it would not take effect until after the 2020 Census; therefore, it will not impact my tenure in the Legislature, but it could damage the communities I represent and the citizens who deserve a voice in their state government.

“Proponents of this bill say that a smaller legislature is more controllable, but NO ONE should feel that a Legislature should be controlled. To me, down-sizing is an attempt to diminish the representation of the people and is simply undemocratic. I also am concerned that a smaller Legislature may mean more of an influence on key issues by special interest groups.

"Rather than reduce the size of our state Legislature, I think we should reduce the size of bureaucracy and work to determine what actually will produce a more economical legislative body."

House Bill 153 was approved by a majority of the members in the House and will now go before the Senate for debate and consideration.

More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at RepBoback.com and Facebook.com/RepBoback.

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451
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