A novel cash-saving suggestion
April 5, 2010 1 Comment
State Representative Mike Sturla, a Lancaster County Democrat, has a suggestion for cutting back on General Assembly spending: eliminate the state Senate. Sturla chairs the House Majority Policy Committee, which will take a look at the feasibility of a unicameral legislature during a Philadelphia hearing tomorrow afternoon. He notes there’s been a lot of talk about reducing the size of the House or Senate recently, but argues trimming the bodies by ten or twenty percent won’t save any money.
Sturla also argues a unicameral legislature would make lawmakers more efficient.
So Sturla’s committee will hear testimony on a measure introduced by Northampton County Democrat Rich Grucela, which would disband the Senate and merge the two chambers into one body. Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral legislature.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s spokesman, Erik Arneson, doesn’t seem amused by the proposal. He writes, “Given that the House recently rubber-stamped the governor’s now out-of-balance spending plan, I would respectfully suggest that their time would be better spent crafting a responsible state budget.”