Bill moves cover universities with Pa. records law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to fully include Penn State and the other three “state-related” universities under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law is headed to the House floor following a positive committee vote.

The State Government Committee voted Monday in favor of the bill, which also would pertain to the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University.

The state-related universities get substantial state funding but aren’t state-owned, as are the 14 schools in the State System of Higher Education.

A complete rewriting of the Right-to-Know Law that took effect in January 2009 requires the schools to provide limited disclosure, including the salaries of their highest-paid employees.

The current proposal would treat the four schools the same as the state-owned institutions. All Republicans and three of nine Democrats on the committee voted for it.

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