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High school activities association to face transparency requirements

PIERRE — The South Dakota Senate agreed with the House of Representatives version of legislation Wednesday that would require the South Dakota High School Activities Association to follow state laws on open meetings and public records.

The association's board of directors adopted an open-meeting policy last month but fought against the legislation sponsored by Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg.

The Senate originally approved Brown's bill 29-6. The House made amendments in response to points raised by the association's lobbyists and passed the revised bill 62-6.

The amendments came from Rep. Timothy Johns, R-Lead, who is a retired judge. The lead sponsor in the House was Rep. Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City.

They specifically designated the association by name in the various laws.

Brown said he is fine with the House decisions. "With those changes I think the bill is even better than when it left here," Brown said.

The Senate then voted 34-1 to concur with the House amendments. SB 90 now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether it becomes law.