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We wrote earlier this week about how the South Dakota High School Activities Association is trying to keep secret the reasons it doesn't want to see sporting events held in some smaller communities. 

Apparently, some state Legislators agree that this lack of transparency is a problem.

Reporter Bob Mercer writes this week that a panel of legislators questioned SDHAA executive Wayne Carney, who promised to be more open. 

At least one legislator didn't think that went far enough, however, and may propose that the SDHAA be covered under state open records laws. It currently isn't. 

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Lawmakers are discovering a few other interesting tidbits about the SDHAA. Mercer writes:

Lawmakers also learned that Carney and other top members of his staff receive free automobiles to use, through a corporate sponsorship, and that he receives extra compensation through a variety of commissions ranging from 3 to 5 percent for corporate sponsorships he secures and renews.

Carney said the commissions average $16,638 annually for sponsorships that average $259,727 annually. He said commissions of 15 to 20 percent previously were paid to a Minnesota marketing company before he became executive director.

Read Mercer's full story here.

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Contact Joe O'Sullivan at 394-8414 or joe.osullivan@rapidcityjournal.com

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