Despite a flurry of recent activity, fight fans in New York may not
want to hold their breath regarding the sport’s regulation in the
According to a
Tuesday report from the New York Daily News, N.Y. State
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver this week expressed doubts that the
most recent bill to sanction MMA in the state would make it to the
Assembly floor for a full vote.
“There does not appear to be widespread support in the Assembly for
this legislation,” Silver said regarding the bill’s chances of
being approved by June 20, the end of the legislative session.
Silver’s opinion seems to run contrary to the actions of the
state’s representatives in recent weeks. In May, the New York State
Senate approved the bill by a vote of 48-12. On June 6, the
proposal passed through the Assembly’s Tourism, Parks, Arts and
Sports Development Committee by a vote of 16-3. Additionally,
according to the New York Daily News, the bill is expected next
week to “zip through” the Assembly Codes Committee, which will
discuss the legal implications of instituting the bill.
As speaker of the assembly, Silver controls which bills will make
it to the Assembly floor by the June 20 deadline to receive a vote.
Were the bill approved by the assembly, Governor Andrew Cuomo would
then have the option to sign it into law. New York is one of only
three states possessing athletic commissions in which MMA is not