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Corbett signs bill to keep Penn State fine in Pa.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill that would keep Penn State's $60 million fine to the NCAA in Pennsylvania.

The legislation, Senate Bill 187, requires the university to pay the fine into an endowment set up through the state treasurer.

The money would be held in trust and distributed to programs in the state aimed at preventing child sexual abuse and helping abuse victims.

The fine was among the unprecedented sanctions handed down by the NCAA last summer in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Penn State paid its first $12 million installment into an escrow fund in December, but the NCAA has agreed not to disperse the money pending a lawsuit by Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican whose district includes State College.

Corman sued the NCAA to keep the fine in Pennsylvania and authored the legislation to prevent the governing body of college sports from distributing the money nationwide.

Corbett has filed a separate lawsuit against the NCAA. His federal antitrust filing last month seeks to have the sanctions dismissed by a federal judge.

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