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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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WIAA bill clears Assembly

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association would face more public oversight under a bill the Assembly has passed 61-34.

Rep. John Nygren’s bill would allow membership in an interscholastic athletic association only if it agrees to be governed by the state’s public records and open meetings laws. The Marinette Republican’s bill mostly mirrors legislation introduced in 2009 by former Dem Rep. Tony Staskunas, of West Allis.

But Dems tonight questioned the legislation and pointed out what they said was irony in a co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee proposing open records legislation. Rep. Andy Jorgensen called Nygren a member of the "gang of 12" that inserted into the budget changes to the state's open records law.

"You can't make this stuff up folks," the Milton Dem said.

The WIAA drew widespread attention for in recent months for telling schools to emphasize that taunts or chants, such as "air ball" during basketball games, directed at opposing fans or players are considered rude and are not allowed. Nygren, at the time, wrote in a column that such policies “deserve more oversight and scrutiny.”

Nygren called Dem criticism of the bill "rhetoric" and said there's a clear goal with the legislation.

"Transparency on all forms of government is a good thing," he said.


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