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The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 66, which would put the three-member State Tax Equalization Board under the purview of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Established in 1947 to compensate for the lack of assessment uniformity statewide in distributing school subsidies, the board determines the aggregate market value of taxable real property in each political subdivision and school district throughout the state for the prior calendar year.

DCED will provide administrative, legal and technical support.

The bill now goes to the House.

 

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The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 187, which would ensure that all proceeds from Penn State’s $60 million NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) fine are used to fund child abuse prevention and awareness programs within Pennsylvania.

Under the bill, if a higher education institution enters into an agreement to pay a penalty of at least $10 million per year, the money must be sent to a special trust fund in the State Treasury and distributed by the Commission on Crime and Delinquency for use within Pennsylvania on child abuse prevention, treatment, investigative and awareness initiatives.

Following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA ordered Penn State to pay $12 million in installments over five years. Approximately 75 percent of the monies are to be earmarked for child abuse programs in other states.

Senators contend that the penalty money will largely come from Pennsylvania and should be used exclusively for child abuse prevention efforts within Pennsylvania.

Following a 194-2 vote in the House, the governor is expected to sign the legislation.

 

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