Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) to keep the $60 million NCAA fine to Penn State University in the Commonwealth passed the House of Representatives today, moving one step closer to final passage. The bill now goes to the Governor.
“I am very happy the House of Representatives was able to move quickly and pass this bill,” Corman said. “I think it’s pretty clear that this issue is important to the Commonwealth and the right approach for handling the fine money.”
The legislation, Senate Bill 187, provides that the fine money be paid into the State Treasury where it will be dispersed within the Commonwealth for the purpose stated in the consent decree signed by Penn State University and NCAA. “The fine money will go to programs preventing child sexual abuse and assisting the victims of child sexual abuse,” said Corman.
Senator Corman said the bill was necessary due to the NCAA’s desire to distribute the money nationwide. “The fine money is going to be generated in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania residents. Therefore, it is most appropriate for the money to stay here, in state, where it will do a lot of good.” Corman added, “Additionally, I believe the fine money being distributed here in Pennsylvania will provide the most good. Spreading the money around nationally would have diluted the impact, whereas here in Pennsylvania, that money will go much further.” The consent decree, signed by both Penn State University and the NCAA, is silent on where the endowment should be distributed.
As drafted, the bill creates a policy that applies to all large fines levied on Commonwealth-supported institutions that enter into agreements with governing bodies, including the NCAA fine on Penn State University. The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk for final passage.
Corman noted that the Governor has supported the bill through the process and is expected to sign the legislation into law.
“This is good policy and has received great support statewide,” said Corman. “I am glad we were able to get this done and look forward to the positive impact that will come out of the fine here in Pennsylvania.”