Efforts to Legalize MMA in Connecticut Resume with New House Bill



A new bill has been proposed to legalize mixed martial arts in the state of Connecticut.

Introduced by Sen. Andres Ayala and Rep. Charles D. Clemons, House Bill No. 5277 aims to “legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts matches” and has been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security.

A similar bill was introduced in the state Senate last year (Bill 326), passing through several committees before Senate President Donald Williams and Majority Leader Martin Looney declined to move the bill forward for a Senate vote.

In order for H.B. No. 5277 to become law this year, it must first pass through its own set of committees, at which point it must be brought before the House of Representatives for a vote. If the House passes the bill, the Senate must follow suit in order to send the bill to the governor, would either veto the bill or sign it into law.

Connecticut, which has proposed bills to legalize MMA over the past several years, remains one of the few states in which the sport is still illegal. Vermont recently became the 46th state with an athletic commission to give MMA the green light, leaving Connecticut, Montana and New York as the only states yet to pass such legislation. Though MMA is legal in Alaska, the states lack a regulatory body to oversee and regulate the sport.

Despite MMA’s unregulated status in Connecticut, matches have long been held within the state’s borders at Native American-owned casinos, such as Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The Ultimate Fighting Championship last visited the state in 2005, while Bellator Fighting Championships made its last appearance this past March.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World Championships of Amateur MMA are once again headed to Las Vegas. According to a press release issues by the IMMAF, the 2015 Championships will ta read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

After nearly 70 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Yves Edwards is dropping the curtain on his cagefighting career. From his offici read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 40 views

Rise and shine, mixed martial arts (MMA) hardcores. Arguably the best mixed martial arts (MMA) Bantamweight in the world outside of the Big Three (UFC, Bellator and WSOF), Bibiano "The Flash" Fernand read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 41 views

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters say the darndest things prior to stepping inside the Octagon. MMAmania.com looks back at a handful of UFC 181 pre-fight remarks to find out who talked the talk -- an read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 23 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will air its final mixed martial arts (MMA) event of the year this weekend (Sat., Dec. 20, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 58 from inside Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Roan Carneiro, who captured the BattleGrounds MMA welterweight tournament last October in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is heading back to Ultimate Fighting Championship read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 11 views

Mixed martial arts in 2014 had the potential of being so much more, and yet it still provided us with some of the better fights and performances that we'll likely harbor in our Rolodex of memories fo read news >>

  • 9 hours ago
  • 3 views

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters typically seem to peak once they start approaching the age of 30, so any young combatant enjoying competitive success in their teens is well ahead of the curve. Here read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Robbie Lawler's journey through mixed martial arts has been nothing short of compelling and is a tale told in two parts. The opening chapters were filled with both success and failure—great expectati read news >>

Jump to: