A Suffolk legislative committee effectively killed a bill last week that would have shrunk the county legislature from 18 elected officials to 13.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 4-1 without comment to table the law “subject to call,” which removes the bill from regular consideration. It is a rarely used parliamentary maneuver on proposals that draw lawmakers’ ire.

The bill would have put a referendum on November’s ballot on whether to reduce the legislature following the 2020 U.S. Census.

William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), sponsor of the bill, estimated the move would have saved $2.5 million a year in reduced offices and staff.

“I’m disappointed it didn’t get an opportunity to come before the full legislature for a debate,” Lindsay said.

Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue), the deputy presiding officer, noted after the vote that civic groups had opposed the measure because fewer representatives would have meant less responsive elected officials.

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He said the bill was tabled subject to call — which means it won’t be considered without a special vote — because “I don’t think we’ll be at a point where we can move it forward.”

Lawmakers last week also tabled two Republican bills against fee increases. One proposal would have repealed a $300 increase in the mortgage filing fee. Another would have put a 2 percent cap on yearly fee increases.

“It’s a defeat for the taxpayers,” Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) said.

David M. Schwartz