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State Rep. Aaron Bernstine Seeking Info on Joe Paterno Statue

Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno
08 October 2011: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno answers questions from the media following a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA. The Penn State Nittany Lions would defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes 13-3.

Aaron Bernstine, a Pennsylvania state representative who represents areas of Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties, has introduced an amendment to a Senate bill that would essentially force Penn State to publicly reveal the whereabouts of the Joe Paterno statue.

This amendment would have Penn State reveal information about where the statue of legendary football coach Joe Paterno is and the shape it’s in, with the goal being to get funding from the state.

The specific bill is Senate Bill 1283, which emphasizes funding for Pennsylvania universities such as Pitt, Penn State and Temple.

The amendment would require Penn State to write an update on the statue. After that, for Penn State to receive its annual funding, it would have to submit the update to the education committees of the House and Senate. The school would also be required to release the information on its website.

The Paterno statue stood outside Beaver Stadium from 2001-12. Penn State removed it in July of 2012 due to Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and the findings of the Freeh Report released earlier that month.

Senate Bill 1283 has $240 million worth of funding given to Penn State for the fiscal year.

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