Benninghoff to Reintroduce Legislation Fully Bringing Penn State Under Commonwealth’s Right-To-Know Law
BELLEFONTE – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) recently announced his plans to reintroduce legislation that would give the public more access to information about what goes on at Penn State and other state-related universities.

The state budget provides financial assistance to the four state-related universities: Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln. The state also funds, owns and operates the 14 universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

While taxpayer dollars go to all of these schools, PASSHE universities face stronger requirements under the state’s current Right-To-Know Law than the four state-related universities.

“I think taxpayers deserve parity in terms of openness,” Benninghoff said. “If they are helping to foot the bill, then they should have a reasonable expectation to have the same access to information. We shouldn’t have one set of rules for some universities and another set for others.”

In the current state budget, taxpayers are providing Penn State with more than $225 million in funding. By comparison, the 14 PASSHE schools combined are slated to receive a little more than $400 million.

Benninghoff originally introduced the proposal as House Bill 2066 during the previous two-year legislative session that ended last year. This week, he sent around a memo asking other House members to sign on as co-sponsors for the newly reintroduced legislation.

After allowing time for other members to co-sponsor the legislation, the bill will be assigned a number and then formally introduced in the House before being assigned to a House standing committee for consideration.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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