Whether one-third of the people representing Missourians in the state House of Representatives should be eliminated becomes an issue for the House now. The senate has passed the bill asking voters to slash the size of the Missouri House from 163 to 105. Backers say it’s the ideal time to make this cut in the size of government because term limits will eliminate many House members, and redistricting after the census can draw new lines with a new structure. But rural lawmakers see the cut as lessening their power and their ability to represent their constitutents. Senator Morris Westfall of Halfway wants things left the way the founding fathers intended.. The sponsor of the bill, Ed Quick, emphasizes all he wants is a statewide vote so the people can decide what kind of representation they want in the Missouri House. That’s where the bill is headed now. And the House is not considered friendly territory for it.
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