Maine state representative seeks to reduce size of legislature

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February 14, 2013


By Greg Janetka

PORTLAND, Maine: Determined to make good on a campaign promise, Independent state Rep. Joe Brooks recently introduced a bill that would shrink both chambers of the Maine State Legislature. Under the proposal, the House would be reduced from 151 members to 101 and the Senate would go from 35 down to 25.[1]

Brooks said of the measure, "If we're going to economize throughout the whole state and ask the taxpayers to come up with more money, let's look at this, let's look at ourselves and see if we can save a nickel or a time. Efficiencies can come everywhere in government, not just the state employees."[1]

The bill has been submitted to the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee. A work session for it has been scheduled for February 20.[1]

Each state senator currently represents an average of 37,953 residents, while members of the house represent an average of 8,682 residents.

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