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Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association bill advances to governor

The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday approved 59-30 the latest version of a bill targeting the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The measure is now headed to the governor to be signed into law.
by Nolan Clay Published: May 20, 2014
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A bill targeting the association that regulates high school athletics is headed to the governor to be signed into law.

The state House of Representatives on Monday approved 59-30 the latest version of the bill that even supporters acknowledged had been watered down.

Supporters said it would still send a message to the widely disliked Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

The bill will require the OSSAA 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.

The bill’s author, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, said it will make the association more transparent and accountable to the public.

On Monday, many legislators again voiced their complaints about the association and its treatment of students seeking exceptions in order to play sports.

“I’ve seen how they bully kids around. I’ve seen it time and time again,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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