House Committee Approves Benninghoff Bill Strengthening Accountability at Penn State and Other Universities

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee on Monday approved a bill introduced by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) that would strengthen accountability at Penn State and the three other taxpayer-supported universities.

“My bill would enhance the level of openness and transparency at Penn State under Commonwealth law,” Benninghoff said.

House Bill 61 would require Penn State and other state-related universities to submit to the same Right to Know Law requirements currently mandated for the 14 state-owned universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

“Taxpayers help to fund both our state-owned and our state-related universities,” Benninghoff said.  “There shouldn’t be two different levels of transparency and accountability.  If the schools are taking taxpayer money, they have a responsibility to submit to public oversight.”

In addition to Penn State, Benninghoff’s legislation would require the other three state-related universities – Lincoln University, Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh – to submit to the same Right to Know Law requirements.

Benninghoff’s bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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