Oklahoma Senate passes OSSAA bill

Compromise on legislation now goes back to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 16, 2014

The Oklahoma Senate has passed compromise legislation involving the association that oversees high school athletics.

Under the amended House bill, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association must have written policies consistent with the Open Records Act and Open Meeting Act.

It also must have a financial audit and compliance audit done every year. It must have a performance audit done every five years.

The Senate passed the amended bill 42-0 on Wednesday.

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 association has come under fire both at the Capitol and in the courts. Its critics charge it has acted arrogantly, arbitrarily and capriciously in enforcing its rules.

House Bill 2730 now goes back to the House of Representatives.

The House approved a longer version of the bill 51-38 in February.

Gone from the amended bill is language saying the bill’s purposes are to provide accountability and transparency at the association and to ensure fair treatment and due process.

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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