Claremore Daily Progress

January 27, 2014

Lawmakers seek more school sports oversight

Staff Reports
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The group that governs high school sports in Oklahoma would come under more legislative oversight under several bills being proposed for the upcoming legislative session.

Three state legislators announced plans on Monday for legislation targeting the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, which oversees extracurricular activities for nearly every junior high and high school in the state.

The bills would require the agency to comply with the state’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws, and give the Legislature oversight of their rulemaking process. One measure would also change the way the association handles appeals of player-eligibility cases. Staff decisions currently are appealed to the OSSAA’s board of directors, but the bill would require an administrative law judge to handle those cases.

A message left for an OSSAA spokeswoman wasn’t immediately returned.