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Proposal to Cut Lawmakers Could Save $1.2 Million (Sep 20, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY - An interim study conducted today proposed a 10 percent reduction in the number of state lawmakers in both the House and Senate that could cut legislative expenses by more than $1 million per year.

State Rep. Gary Banz’s (R-Midwest City) proposal would put a constitutional amendment before the voters to reduce number of House seats from 101 to 91, and the number of Senate seats from 48 to 43. Banz says technology changes in transportation and communication make access to officials and the governing process easier than any time in state history.

"Most of my colleagues are very quick to point out that we need to look at a lot of consolidating or adjusting in a number of agencies, boards, and commissions," Banz said. "If we're going to do that, I think it's incumbent upon us to at least shine some light on what it is we do as a legislature, and be willing to make an adjustment there as well.”

If approved by voters in November 2012, the change would be implemented in the 2021 session following the next U.S. Census and redistricting process.


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