(AL.com) — The Miss America Organization has revoked the licenses of seven state pageants as part of an ongoing dispute between local and national leadership.
Last week, the Miss America organization sent termination letters to New Jersey, New York and Florida, the Associated Press reported. Boards in four states – Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee – previously received termination letters. In September, Colorado’s board resigned in protest.
The ramifications of the terminations remain unclear. Each board has 10 days to appeal the national decision after which the Miss America Organization can opt to seek new licensees and board members in each state.
The letters reportedly said the state organizations were in breach of contract with MAO and were subject to either review of licensing during a probational period or immediate termination, the Press of New Jersey reported.
The most recently notified states include the traditional site of the pageant – New Jersey – and the home state for the current title holder, former Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin.