“This is something that naturally found a home in the government modernization venue, where we look at transparency of government process,” said the committee's chairman, Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie. “Historically, one of those areas where transparency has been very challenging has been pseudo-government entities, where government entities are mostly responsible for the funding and where that entity has a great role in regulating what is, in fact, a public entity activity — in this case, sports — but the open meetings and open records law do not necessarily pertain.”
Cleveland has also requested Governor Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt to review the matter.
OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley pointed out that the OSSAA executes the rules voted on by its member schools, which join the association on a volunteer basis. The OSSAA cannot create or change rules without the schools voting on, and approving them, first.
“We're a volunteer organization, and our membership makes up our rules,” Sheakley said. “There are ways to change things through the democratic process we have. Any time you're a rule-enforcing organization, when members break rules and you have to impose sanctions, people will be unhappy.
“If our membership doesn't like the rules, they have a process to change them.”