Bills would make high school athletic associations more open





Bills would make high school athletic associations more open The Georgia and Pennsylvania legislatures introduced bills this session that would require their states' interscholastic athletic associations to abide by state open-records and open-meetings laws.

The Georgia Equity in Sports Act would deny education funding to high schools whose interscholastic sports are regulated by athletic associations not adhering to Georgia open-meetings and open-records statutes. The bill targets the Georgia High School Association, which oversees high school sports and other extracurricular activities.

The bill passed both houses of the legislature and has been sent to Gov. Roy Barnes.

The bill in the Pennsylvania Senate would force the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to adhere to state open-meetings and open-records statutes. The athletic association, representing 1,300 schools across the state, has been under fire for several years by the bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Interscholastic Sports. The committee has said the organization lacks accountability and misuses its power. The bill would revoke most of the association's substantial powers.

In April, the bill was in the senate education committee.


reports, Spring 2000