The Olympian reports that Rep. Hans Dunshee proposes to split each of Washington's legislative districts into two House districts. According to Dunshee, this is somehow going to make the representatives more responsive to the people because it will reduce the amount of time needed to raise money for re-election.
I would propose a better idea: a constitutional amendment to eliminate the state House of Representatives. Right now, every voter in each of the 49 legislative districts has three legislators; a senator and two representatives, each covering the same territory. Simple mathematics says that eliminating the House would not change anybody’s percentage of representation.
The State of Nebraska has operated successfully with a unicameral legislature for years.
Every bill that passes the House must then go through the Senate. Most legislation is introduced in both houses.
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If the Legislature is really serious about reducing government spending, here is a way that does no harm.