The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association provides free tickets to football and basketball playoff games to legislators each year upon request.
The OSSAA, however, has not been reporting those gifts to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, records show.
An association is supposed to have its lobbyists report every six months any “thing of value” given to a state official costing more than $10, ethics officials told The Oklahoman.
Also, an association can only spend up to $100 a year on gifts to a state official.
One free ticket to just this weekend’s state basketball tournament was worth $30 if a legislator attended every session. Legislators can get up to two complimentary tickets upon request.
OSSAA Executive Director Ed Sheakley said the association’s two former lobbyists checked with the Ethics Commission to make sure the ticket giving complied with the rules.
“They checked into it, and, ‘Yes ... everything was on the up and up and everything was legal,’” he told The Oklahoman.
Both lobbyists, Vickie White Rankin and Terry Ingmire, dispute that. Both said they didn’t even know the OSSAA gave away free tickets. Both said they never contacted the Ethics Commission about that.
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