Claremore Daily Progress

May 9, 2014

OSSAA to stop giving free playoff tix to lawmakers

Staff Reports
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —

Under a settlement with the state ethics commission, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has agreed to no longer give state lawmakers up to two free passes to playoff games.

OSSAA says it was a “longstanding policy” to give the passes to any state senator or representative who requested them. But in a statement Friday, the association says it ran afoul of state ethics rules that require the reporting of any gift worth more than $10.

OSSAA Executive Director Ed Sheakley says the association will also pay a $1,200 fine to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for not listing the free passes in lobbyist reports.

Sheakley says the association gave away the passes so lawmakers could be better informed about OSSAA activities — not to influence any specific legislation.