Law will improve public access to state athletic association records, meetings

PENNSYLVANIA -- High school athletic associations must now adhere to state open-records and open-meetings laws after the general assembly passed Act 91 in November.

The act requires the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, an organization that oversees high school athletic competition, to conform to open-records and open-meetings acts, although Brad Cashman, executive director of the PIAA says the organization has always had an open-meetings policy, but that it was never in writing.

"It's something simply that we've codified [as a result of the act]," Cashman said. He added that the PIAA has always allowed the public to attend its meetings except when its members were discussing legal matters.

George Taylor, Pennsylvania School Press Association executive director, said he has not heard of student journalists not being able to attend PIAA meetings.

"We haven't heard any complaints at all about the PIAA," he said.