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Two bills in Oklahoma Legislature seek OSSAA oversight

Two bills in Oklahoma Legislature seek OSSAA oversight
Oklahoman Modified: March 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014

Here is a summary of the two key OSSAA bills:

House Bill 2730 is intended to force the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to follow the state Open Records Act, the Open Meeting Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.

It also would have to get a performance audit every five years.

The association says it already complies voluntarily with the Open Records Act and the Open Meeting Act. It says forcing it to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act would mean legislators and the governor would have to approve its rules before the rules became effective.

“If we needed to make a rule change immediately, for whatever reason that might be, we wouldn’t be able to do it.” OSSAA Executive Director Ed Sheakley said.

The bill’s author, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, said the impact to the association would not be that drastic.

“All it does is he has to pass along to us their rule-making policies,” Cleveland said. “If someone calls us and they’ve got a complaint … we can look and see what their policy is … and see if they’re following it.”

The bill passed the House 51-38 Feb. 26.

Senate Bill 1297 would require the OSSAA to submit a copy of its annual report and audit to the governor, state House speaker and state Senate president pro tem by Oct. 1 every year.

Sheakley said the OSSAA already provides that information to the media. He said he would be glad to give that information to the governor and legislative leaders, too, but shouldn’t be required to by law.

The bill passed the Senate 37-8 last week.

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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