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Oklahoma governor signs bill targeting Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association

Governor signs bill requiring OSSAA to have policies consistent with open records and open meeting acts.
by Rick Green Modified: May 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a compromise bill targeting the association that regulates high school athletics in Oklahoma.

The bill will require the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to have written policies consistent with the Open Records Act and Open Meeting Act.

It also must have a performance audit done every five years.

The OSSAA oversees extracurricular activities for nearly every public school in Oklahoma for grades seven through 12. It makes decisions on the makeup of athletic districts, playoffs and student transfers and eligibility.

There have been public complaints about the association and its treatment of students seeking exceptions in order to play sports.

The governor also signed legislation authorizing people with concealed handgun licenses to store their handgun hidden from view in a locked vehicle on school parking lots.

Fallin also signed:

•The “Protect Property Rights Act,” which prohibits municipalities from maintaining registries of abandoned properties.

•A bill that allows licensed physical therapists to treat people without a prior referral from a health care practitioner.

•A measure transferring the regulation of compressed natural gas fueling stations from the Corporation Commission to the state Labor Department.

•A bill establishing certain tax and fee credits associated with property affected by a natural disaster.

by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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