Senate Bill 90 was just passed through the State Senate by a vote of 29-5 earlier this week, and now is in the hands of the House.
The bill is trying to make the meetings of the South Dakota High School Activities Association more open to the public. This would allow for citizens to give feedback about the decisions. Some of the decisions made by the board are met with scrutiny across the state, and Senator Deb Peters, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, believes opening the doors to meeting will help people get a better understanding of the process.
“If you make it open, and most of the discussion is open and on-air as we say, then decisions are easier and that cloud of mysticism goes away,” Peters said.
The association is a nonprofit, non-governmental body, but it does receive state money.