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BREAKING: New York Passed Vote Today to Move MMA Sanctioning Bill to Codes Committee; In Your Face, Bob Reilly

(How ’bout best two out of three?)

A-2009c, the bill that calls for the sanctioning of combat sports in New York State was referred to the Codes Committee by the Committee of Parks, Tourism, and Sports Development once again today, meaning if it can pass just two more hurdles, the sport will be legalized in the state.

You may recall that the same committee already voted to pass the bill back in June of 2009, however thanks in part to pressure by opposition leader Bob Reilly who sits on the committee that voted on A-2009c today, the group was made to vote on it again. Reilly stated that Governor David Paterson, who included MMA sanctioning in his executive budget proposal for this year was  “attempting to circumvent the legislative process" by including MMA in the budget rather than bringing the issue to the sub-assembly for vote.

All Reilly’s complaining did was delay the inevitable as the the CPTSD again overwhelmingly voted in favor of moving the bill forward to the Codes Committee. If that committee okays the bill, the fate of MMA in New York will rest with the votes of the State Assembly. 

Committee chairman Steve Englebright’s policy director, Elizabeth Nostrand told last week that the Governor’s budgetary inclusion of the sport was presumptuous and that the bill, whose progress has been stalled for the past five months while the committee dealt with more pressing matters, needed to go through the proper approval process if it was to be considered legitimate.

“If MMA [was] negotiated through the Governor’s budget, our bill would [have] become meaningless,” Nostrand said of the MMA bill’s “hiatus.”

Voting on the corresponding Senate Bill (S. 2165-B) is on the Senate Tourism Committee’s agenda next Wednesday, June 9.

A summary of the bill and its history in the NY State legislature can be found here.

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MoTropolis- June 4, 2010 at 8:01 am
Watch, once MMA is officially legalized in NY and an event is set up in the great city, this old bag is gonna wanna throw the first pitch.
justscrappin- June 4, 2010 at 5:49 am
Yay! I live in New York. The reservations have been having fights at Seneca Niagara Casino. Couple of friends from my school have already fought there..but this will make way more people take notice when they have a UFC at MSG.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm
So that's where Krazy Horse has gone off to- too busy with legislation and litigation to find time to fight, as per usual. Sigh, I remember simpler times... when a man could just fight and not get all tied up with the rigors of government and society.
Lysol- June 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm
Glad to read some good news for a change. Fucking spot on, New York State Government!
Eska- June 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Bob Reilly- June 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm
jyveturkey- June 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm
@ Semi North - LMAO!!! Now that funny biz just got me caught at work.
tylerj800- June 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Rue McClanahan."
Almost North- June 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Bob's just mad cause his face is made out of foreskin.
jgrant- June 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Little bit closer all the time.