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OSSAA's free tickets for lawmakers may have violated ethics rules

Association did not report free tickets to Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
by Nolan Clay Modified: March 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014
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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.

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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Current legislators who have accepted complimentary playoff passes over the past two school years:

Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City

Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne

Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah

Rep. Ed Cannaday, D-Porum

Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester

Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow

Sen. Kim David, R-Porter

Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing

Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso

Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs

Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona

Rep. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City

Rep. Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell

Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond

Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie

Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview

Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park

Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City

Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City

Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa

Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs

Rep. James Lockhart, D-Heavener

Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward

Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner

Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman

Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa

Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City

Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha

Rep. R.C. Pruett, D-Antlers

Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester

Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City

Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow

Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant

Rep. Wade Rousselot, D-Wagoner

Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell

Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher

Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee

Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City

Rep. Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau

Rep. Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris

Rep. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud

Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada

Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City

Rep. Justin Wood, R-Shawnee

Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford

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