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Assembly to vote on WIAA open records proposal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is expected to vote on a bill that would make Wisconsin’s high school sports association subject to open records and meetings laws.

Marinette Republican Rep. John Nygren introduced the bill following an outcry over an email the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association sent in December. The email asked school administrators to intervene when fans begin chanting negative messages such as “scoreboard” and “air ball.” The story gained national attention after a high school basketball player was suspended for criticizing the WIAA’s stance with a profane tweet.

Nygren insists the debacle could have been avoided if people had more insight into the policy’s development.

WIAA officials say they’re a private nonprofit and the bill is a knee-jerk reaction.

The Assembly was set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

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