Republican Lawmakers Introduce Amendment To Downsize Legislature

nimble_government.jpgAs reported by the Associated Press, published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press last week, two Republicans, Rep. Nick Zerwas and Sen. Scott Jensen, introduced a constitutional amendment March 8 that would decrease the size of the Legislature.

If the bill to reduce the Legislature by 54 members (27%) is approved by the Legislature, the question would be on the November ballot. Voter approval would make the change effective starting in 2022, which aligns with the timing for redistricting.

With 201 members (67 state senators, 134 representatives), Minnesota’s Legislature is currently 4th largest in the country.