Spanier payout agreement from Penn State not public — but it could be, if …

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s severance and salary package worth $3.3 million — $1.25 million of which is severance pay under his agreement with the school — says that PSU will not release the severance agreement.

That brings up a right-to-know issue, the Post-Gazette reports:

Severance agreements are publicly available under the state’s Right-to-Know Law. But since Penn State is exempt from most of that law’s requirements, the university would not have been required to provide amounts paid to Mr. Spanier until filing its annual Right-to-Know report in May 2013, which must include data typically found on federal income tax 990 forms.

Advocates seeking changes to the law say such information would have surfaced months earlier had Penn State, a state-related university, not been exempt.

“This demonstrates, once again, why the Open Records Law should be amended to apply more broadly to the state-related universities,” said Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware. “That change will be included in legislation Senator Pileggi plans to introduce early in the 2013 session.”

Read how lawmakers have been talking about bringing Penn State under Pennsylvania’s right-to-know law┬áin the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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