Bill to keep Penn State's NCAA fine in Pa. may reach Senate floor Wednesday

mmorgan@centredaily.comJanuary 30, 2013 

The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to vote on a bill Wednesday that could keep Penn State’s $60 million fine levied by the NCAA in the state.

If passed, the bill introduced by state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, would force Penn State to pay the money in state endowments to be disbursed by the state treasurer within the guidelines of the NCAA consent decree.

Penn State was hit with the $60 million penalty along with other sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Corman is confident the bill, which passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, will be passed through the Senate and sent to the House. Corman is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

“I think everyone agrees that this is money that is created in Pennsylvania (and) should be distributed in Pennsylvania,” he said.

Corman filed a lawsuit against the NCAA to ensure that the funds stay in the state. The NCAA has said it wouldn’t disburse the $12 million that Penn State already paid until the legal issues are resolved, but officials declined comment on this report.

Penn State spokesman David La Torre also declined comment on the bill.

The bill states that any monetary penalties that have been been or are slated to be paid would fall under this new procedure.

“I don’t know if it would apply again but it would be applicable to the Penn State fine,” Corman said.

He said if the bill passes, Penn State follows the new procedure and the NCAA doesn’t challenge it his lawsuit will become “somewhat moot” and there won’t be need for further litigation.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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