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New York Assembly to Vote on MMA Regulation Bill on June 3rd


(Vote ‘yes’ or Matt Serra will eat this baby. Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

After months of debate and delay, the New York State Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports has set a date for their vote on bill 2009-B, intended to regulate mixed martial arts in New York. MMA Weekly confirmed that the vote will take place Wednesday, June 3rd, and passed along these additional details:

Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, a Democrat representing the county of New York, will present the arguments in favor of the bill. Assemblyman Bob Reilly [Ed. note: Boooooo!], a Democrat representing Albany and Saratoga counties, will present the arguments opposing the bill. Mr. Reilly has been a vocal critic of the sport and last month released a document to committee members that outlined his arguments against legalizing the sport.

Out of 21 committee members, 11 votes are needed to pass the bill out of committee with a favorable review. If it passes, it then heads to the Codes Committee (for bills with legal implications) followed by the Ways and Means Committee (for bills with fiscal implications). Both committees will vote on the bill before passing it to the Assembly floor for a general vote.

In other words, don’t expect the ban to be lifted anytime soon — but this is a great first step, and if you’ve contributed to the cause in some way, pat yourself on the back. We already know that Assemblyman Bing, Assemblyman Rob Walker, and Assembly Chair Steve Englebright are supporters of the bill, so only eight more votes will be required to pass it onto Codes. Meanwhile, Bob Reilly is the only assembly member who has publicly come out against the bill. Of course, that doesn’t mean he won’t have allies on June 3rd, but it’s still a good sign. More to come…

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terrence- May 21, 2009 at 10:15 am
so...do u just sit there and think up homosexual images and write them down? you take your gay thoughts throw them on someone else and call it bashing them? I mean i was clearly talking about kicking your butt, but your gay mind transforms that into butt licking. I hate S.F. as much as the next person, but aside from there and the people is santa cruz the rest of the state is far superior to 98% of the rest of the world. the only reason u and your, most likely fat-ass, wife dont live here is cuz u cant afford it. Now I know you must live in some horrible state cuz u never mention where you are from. A New York person has pride as well as the rest of the east coast. So if I had to guess id say.....North Dakota?
clutchy hopkins- May 21, 2009 at 6:02 am
mat serra looks like the short dude thats balding and has the glasses in one flew over the cockoos nest. striking resemblance.
HAL_13- May 21, 2009 at 2:05 am
@ TERRENCE. NOW LOOK HERE PAL, THERE IS NO WAY THAT I'M GOING TO TRAVEL ALL THE WAY TO CALIFORNIA JUST SO YOU CAN LICK MY BUTT. THATS JUST NONSENSE. I'M NOT INTO ALL THAT QUEER STUFF BUT IF YOU ARE THEN HEY, THATS YOUR THING. MORE POWER TO YA. YOU SHOULD JUST KEEP IT BETWEEN YOU, AND THE REST OF YOUR KIND OUT THERE IN FREAK TOWN CALI. BUT HEY BRO, THANKS FOR THE OFFER BUT I'M HAPPILY MARRIED TO A WOMEN. YES I SAID A WOMEN UNLIKE 90% OF YOU FOLK OUT THERE IN CALI.
terrence- May 21, 2009 at 12:09 am
lol come out to southern cali hal.....then u can go back to texas and tell everyone how u got your butt kicked by a californian
HAL_13- May 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm
WHAT DO YA KNOW, I'VE GOT THE 13TH SPOT. THATS FREAKIN AWESOME. DON'T HATE CAUSE I'M GREAT.
HAL_13- May 20, 2009 at 6:57 pm
NO NEED TO BAN ME FOLKS. I'M ONLY HERE TO FILL IN ALL THE BLANKS ON THESE MMA TOPICS. I'M NOT HERE FOR TROUBLE OR TO TALK ABOUT COCK, AND KICKING EVERYONES ASS ON HERE LIKE YOU PEOPLE DO EVERYDAY, AND NIGHT OF THE WEEK. THATS YOUR BUISNESS IF YOU LIKE THOSE KINDS OF THINGS ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BUT THIS IS MMA, AND MMA IS MY BUISNESS. YOU WANT TO FIND THINGS OUT DON'T YOU, WELL I'M HERE TO HELP YOU LEARN ALL THE THINGS THAT THE INSIDERS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. YOU HAD BETTER BELIEVE ME ABOUT FEDOR THE RUSSIAN CHICKEN SHIT WHEN I TELL YOU WHAT I'M TELLING YOU, AND THATS THAT.
Dante- May 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm
HAL is a redneck.
agentsmith- May 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Jesus, is he still wearing his TUF jersey?
IronClad- May 20, 2009 at 4:23 pm
HAL_13

Buddy...how taste me taint?
T1- May 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm
MMA SHOULDN'T be banned, anywhere.
HAL, Blumpkin and anybody else like them, SHOULD be.
Fedor- May 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm
Im here Hal! get the f*ck out of these comment sections already nobody likes you
HAL_13- May 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm
SURE DID. COWARD FUCKER DONE PACKED UP, SAID FUCK THE USA, AND FUCK THAT UFC STUFF. MY ASS IS GOING BACK TO RUSSIA WHERE I BELONG WITH THE REST OF THE WEAK, AND SCARED FOLK.
ben- May 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm
 @ HAL:Come on, man. We both know that never happened.
HAL_13- May 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm
HAS ANYONE HERE SEEN FEDOR TODAY. THIS MORNING WHEN DANA WHITE AND JUNIE BROWNING CAUGHT UP WITH HIM AT THE AIRPORT HE TOOK OFF RUNNING LIKE A BEATEN DOG WITH HIS TAIL BETWEEN HIS LEGS YELPIN LIKE A LITTLE SCALDED BITCH, AND NOBODY HAS HEARD FROM OR SEEN HIM SINCE. ANY UPDATES OUT THERE IN CP LAND ON FEDOR'S WHERE ABOUTS WOULD BE GREATLY TAKEN IN ORDER TO TRACK HIM DOWN TO SEE IF HE IS NOT TO AFRAID TO FIGHT THE MUCH SMALLER WEIGHT CLASS SINCE HE KEEPS DUCKIN THE BIG BOYS OF THE UFC. IF SEEN PLEASE CALL THIS NUMBER TO REPORT HIS WHEREABOUTS. 1-831-GAY-CALI. P.S. FEDOR IS A FUCKING CHICKEN SHIT PUSSY.
hows taste my pee pee- May 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Two things I thought ya'll would like to know: I patted myself on the back(despite contributing nothing)...and Bob Reilly sucks.
Than- May 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm
This shit better pass, and if it doesn't it better not be because of Bob Reilly's terrible arguments...I mean fallacies.
Fedor vs. Bas- May 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm
I bet Matt Serra is secretly thinking of putting that baby in an Arm Bar
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