To the Editor:
The supreme legislative body of the state of Nebraska is unusual
in that it is unicameral and non-partisan. No other state has a single-chamber legislative body with only 49 members. Needless to say, it also has the smallest legislature outside of Alaska. On the other hand, my home state of Florida is bicameral and partisan. Florida has a Senate with 40 members and a House of 120 members for a total of 160 members.
The United States government has a House and a Senate for a total of 535 members. I have never seen a good reason for any of the states to pattern themselves after the federal government. If Florida eliminated the Senate, salaries and corruption would be reduced by 25%. If the House was eliminated, salaries and corruption could be reduced by 75%.
Having bicameral state legislatures is redundant, unnecessary and expensive. The Florida legislature of 160 members is 30% the size of both houses of the Federal government. The people of our country can no longer afford the luxury of large, cumbersome legislatures.
– Robert Smith, Florida
(formerly of Richmond). A copy of this letter was submitted to the Panama City News Herald