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Amendment Requiring Penn State To Report Location Of Joe Paterno Statue Fails 38-162

Update, 6/27: The amendment requiring Penn State to reveal the whereabouts of the Joe Paterno statue in order to receive its annual state funding has failed 38-162, as first reported by Spotlight PA’s Stephen Caruso. The amendment was originally introduced by Pennsylvania state representative Aaron Bernstine.

If it were ratified, the amendment would’ve required Penn State to provide the location and condition of the Paterno statue. If it didn’t, the university wouldn’t receive its annual funding from the state, which adds up to over $242 million.

Original Story: Ten years after the removal of the Joe Paterno statue, Pennsylvania state representative Aaron Bernstine is seeking answers from Penn State.

Bernstine, a 2006 Penn State graduate who represents parts of Butler, Beaver, and Lawrence counties, introduced an amendment to a Senate bill that would require Penn State to provide the location and condition of the Joe Paterno statue in order to receive its annual funding from the state, which adds up to more than $242 million.

He also sent a letter to President Neeli Bendapudi asking for the information.

“The statue symbolized Coach Paterno’s many outstanding contributions to Penn State on and off the gridiron,” Bernstine said in a press release. “His legacy should remain alive for people to view and reflect…”The university is sending a mixed message by treating Paterno as a hero at the campus library where a plaque is displayed due to the millions of dollars he donated, but a villain at the stadium where he coached the Nittany Lions to two national collegiate championships and five undefeated seasons.”

If the amendment is ratified, it would require Penn State to submit a report of the statue’s location, condition, and method of storage to the House and Senate Education committees. The university would also be required to publish the report on its website for the general public to see in order to receive its annual funding from Senate Bill 1283, which provides funding for Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln.

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