OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure aimed at subjecting the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) to increased state and public oversight cleared the House Government Modernizations Committee today.
House Bill 2739, by state Rep. Curtis McDaniel, would prohibit public schools and districts from joining as a member any athletic association that has not adopted a written policy requiring adherence to the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
The OSSAA is a voluntary membership organization that governs public-school activities.
"As a former school administrator, it's sad that the Legislature has to engage in the rule-making process of an athletic association," said Rep. McDaniel, D-Smithville. "However, we must keep our young athletes' best interest at the forefront, and if the organization will not do that then we will. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has stated that, in the future, all OSSAA cases brought before the Court will be held to the standard of the APA. This legislation will require that process."
House Bill 2739 now heads to the Calendar Committee for consideration.