Oklahoma House seeks more school sports oversight

Published: February 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has narrowly approved legislation that its author says will bring more accountability and transparency to an organization that oversees thousands of Oklahoma high school athletes and participants in other extracurricular activities.

The House voted 51-38 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for action. A bill must receive at least 51 votes to pass the 101-member House.

The measure by Rep. Bobby Cleveland of Norman targets the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, which oversees extracurricular activities for public schools for grades seven through 12.

The bill says no school can join an athletic association unless it complies with the state Open Records and Open Meeting laws.

Coaches and parents have lodged numerous complaints with lawmakers about OSSAA decisions.

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House Bill 2730: http://bit.ly/1hUyfVi