Amendments propose to cut Mo. House size by one-third

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives give House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, left, a standing ovation following his opening day remarks.

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives give House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, left, a standing ovation following his opening day remarks. Photo by Kelley McCall.

At 163 seats, Missouri’s House of Representatives is the nation’s fourth largest state House.

“Certainly, after serving in that body for six years, and serving (about) 35,000 constituents, I think it’s very manageable for a representative to represent around 50,000 people,” said state Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, who’s planning to introduce this week a constitutional amendment proposal to cut the Missouri House to 103 seats.

“It would save the taxpayers about $5 million a year, and, I think, we’re in the mode of restructuring state government in Missouri because of our current budget crisis.”

Although Missouri’s House is the nation’s fourth largest, the state Senate’s 34 members ranks 36th among the states. So, the Legislature’s total size ranks seventh in the nation.

Read additional details in our newspaper or e-Edition. Newspaper subscribers: Click on an e-Edition article and log in using your current account information at no extra charge. For e-edition help, e-mail circ@newstribune.com. Click here to purchase the full version of archived articles.

Based on the 2010 Census, Missouri is the 18th largest state. And, when looking at the ratio of lawmakers to population, Missouri’s 30,401 people for each of the 197 state lawmakers ranks Missouri 24th.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

News Tribune - comments