Bill
(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 USCombatsports.com 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.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 81 Results: Patrick Cote Stops Ben Saunders, Calls Out Nick Diaz

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

Patrick Cote continued his resurrection on Sunday night in Boston, defeating Ben Saunders, and then calling out Nick Diaz. read news >>

Urijah Faber calls for trilogy with new champ Cruz: 'This has been a long time coming'

  • 26 days ago
  • 15 views

Urijah Faber is the only fighter to hold a victory over newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Now he wants another showdown with “The Dominator.”Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Rankings, Jan. 19: Champ Cruz back on top

  • 24 days ago
  • 12 views

Dominick Cruz is back where he long stood: atop MMA’s bantamweight division.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Watch today's UFC 197 press conference on MMAjunkie at 2 p.m. ET

  • 24 days ago
  • 93 views

LAS VEGAS – You can watch a live video stream of today’s UFC 197 press conference here on MMAjunkie beginning at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

TJ Dillashaw Accuses Joe Rogan of Dominick Cruz Bias, Calls for Rematch

  • 24 days ago
  • 1689 views

UFC star TJ Dillashaw has accused commentator Joe Rogan of favouring his opponent after he called the bantamweight's title bout against Dominick Cruz at the weekend. Dillashaw lost the fight for the read news >>

Still nursing injured hand, Joe Lauzon calls for return fight against Diego Sanchez

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

BOSTON – UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon still doesn’t know when he’ll be healthy enough to return to the octagon, but wants a fight with Diego Sanchez when he’s ready.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, read news >>

WSOF 27 live weigh-in video stream and official results 7 p.m. ET

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

WSOF 27 fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, Videos, WSOF read news >>

Reminder: 'UFC Road to the Octagon: Johnson vs. Bader' debuts today on FOX

  • 20 days ago
  • 28 views

The quarterly “UFC Road to the Octagon” preview show returns today to spotlight the upcoming UFC on FOX 18 light heavyweight contenders fight between recent title challenger Anthony Johnson and “TUF read news >>

12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh calls it quits at 43

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 views

Australian MMA veteran Anthony Perosh is retiring from active competition after more than 12 years as a professional fighter.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

NY federal judge denies UFC move to allow Madison Square Garden event

  • 18 days ago
  • 14 views

A federal judge today denied UFC parent company Zuffa a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the promotion to hold an April 23 event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.Filed under: Ne read news >>