|Posted:||March 14, 2018 12:33 PM|
|From:||Representative Aaron Bernstine and Rep. Jim Christiana, Rep. John Maher|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||State-Related Institution Transparency and Accountability|
|We plan to introduce a three bill package promoting transparency and accountability in Pennsylvania’s state-related institutions. These institutions receive considerable funding from the Commonwealth, but are not held to the same standards as the State System of Higher Education institutions.
The state-related institutions are as follows:
(1) Temple University
(2) The University of Pittsburgh
(3) The Pennsylvania State University
(4) Lincoln University
Please join us in co-sponsoring these important pieces of legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania’s state-related institutions are acting as responsible stewards of taxpayer resources.
|Description:||Proposal #1: This legislation expands the extent of documents and financial information that is statutorily required for state-related institutions through the Right-to-Know law. Currently they are not subject to the law, but the law requires the institutions to make a report of some limited financial information including certain employees’ salaries to the General Assembly, Auditor General and Governor.
|Description:||Proposal #2: This legislation subjects members of the Board of Trustees and other employees of state-related institutions who are responsible for taking or recommending official action to the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Ethics Act. This would require these individuals to file statements of financial interest.
|Description:||Proposal #3: This legislation makes substantial changes to structure and operation of the Penn State Board of Trustees, many of which are also recommendations noted by the Auditor General in a recent performance audit report. Specifically, this legislation will limit the size of the board to twenty-one voting members and one nonvoting member, as follows:
This legislation also provides for a majority of trustees to constitute a quorum, establishes three-year terms for trustees, and limits the total number of years served by a trustee to nine years in the aggregate.