A bill that would cut the size of the Pennsylvania legislature by a quarter was passed by the State House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Local Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who represents some residents in southern Butler County, voted for the bill, which would reduce the House from 203 members to 151.
“A body that is 151 members is still a large body comparatively to other legislative bodies across the country,” Metcalfe said.
Opponents to the bill- including Rep. Chris Sainato of Lawrence County- argue a smaller legislature would be less accountable and transparent.
“I like to be out in the community,” Sainato said. “The less people we have, the more we can’t do that.”
It’s still not certain that voters will have a say about the size of the legislature come the general election in November.