Health - August 16, 2013

Corbett names BPOA Commissioner Katie True as new legislative liaison

Governor Tom Corbett has announced that Katie True will be replacing Chris Carusone as secretary of legislative affairs for the Governor’s office.  Carusone gave his notice last month and is joining the private sector law firm of Conrad O’Brien.  True is currently the Commissioner at the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Department of State.  She previously served 16 years as a Pennsylvania State Representative, founded Kids Saving Kids, a drug education program for elementary school students; and has served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and as a youth director for Pennsylvania AWARE, a state drug and alcohol prevention coalition.  True has said she is “grateful for the opportunity” and is looking “forward to the challenge.”  Corbett also recently named Leslie Gromis Baker as his new chief of staff after the departure of Steve Aichele and Lynn Lawson as his new communications director.  Lawson replaces Kevin Harley, who just announced he is leaving his post to work for a public relations firm.  Lawson was most recently managing director of the Washington-based DCI Group and served as spokesperson for Gov. Ridge’s 1998 re-election campaign.


AG Kathleen Kane continues Penn State investigation, adds Harrisburg incinerator deal

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said this week that she is “fully committed” to prosecuting the three former Penn State administrators that were involved in the Jerry Sandusky abuse cover up.  Kane noted that the charges against Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz are charged with failing to alert authorities about a report of a sexual assault on a child by Sandusky on Penn State’s Main Campus.  The AG’s office is investigating how the three managed the abuse probe in addition to the charges filed against them.  Kane stated that her office sees the two issues as separate and having no “effect on each other.”  Kane’s office is also conducting an internal review of the Jerry Sandusky abuse investigation and said it will continue to interview all parties involved and review all documents and will then release a full report once that work is complete.

Kane is also now investigating the Harrisburg incinerator deal after Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico referred the case to the AG’s office.  Last year, state-appointed receiver to the City of Harrisburg, David Unkovic, resigned unexpectedly and stated the deal should be investigated.  The AG’s office said it couldn’t investigate the matter until it was referred to her office.  Kane would discuss any further details of the investigation.