("All those for MMA in New York State, say ‘Aye’. All those against, say ‘duh’.")
New York’s MMA bill S 2165 made it over another major hurdle today by passing a third senate reading and vote and being referred to ways and means.
If this sounds familiar, its because the parallel bill, A 2009-C was recently passed by the Committee of Parks, Tourism and Sports Development onto the Codes Committee for a June 14 vote, where it was passed on to ways and means as well.
In layman’s terms, both bills which "Establish protocols for combative sports; authorize mixed martial arts events in the state; establish procedures for applications for licenses; establish penalties for violations and impose taxes on gross receipts of such events," are poised to be made into law if they can pass two more senate committee votes.
By definition, both acts are meant to:
"amend chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 relating to the regulation of boxing, sparring and wrestling, in relation to establishing protocols for combative sports and authorizing mixed martial arts events in this state; to amend the tax law, in relation to the imposition of a tax on the gross receipts of
any person holding any professional or amateur boxing, sparring or wrestling match or exhibition, or professional combative sports match or exhibition; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof."
Although no date has been specified for the ways and means committee vote on the bills, whether or not its any indication, the last vote was held two weeks ago.