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Proposal Would Cut Number of Lawmakers 10 Percent (Sep 09, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to reduce the size of the state Legislature by cutting the number of state senators and representatives.

Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City will convene a legislative study on Sept. 20 on a proposal Banz says will help reduce the size of state government.

Under House Joint Resolution 1021, voters would decide a constitutional amendment to reduce the Legislature by about 10 percent. That would cut the number of seats in the Oklahoma House from 101 to 91, and reduce the number of state senators from 48 to 43.

If approved, the change would be implemented in 2021 following the next census and redistricting process.

Banz says that if lawmakers insist that state agencies consolidate, then the Legislature should take the lead and do the same.

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