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 Empire State.

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 legal.

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

Related News

Morning Report: Michael Bisping says CM Punk's fans will scatter after he 'gets wiped out inside one round'

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Michael Bisping faces C.B. Dollaway April 25 at UFC 186 in Montreal, but he's still got time to spread the love. Bisping's had a relatively quiet leadup to the bout with Dollaway so he's spent it exp read news >>

UFC 186 'Johnson vs. Horiguchi' results recap for 'Prelims'

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

A colossal Canadian fight card gave fans inside the Bell Centre, and those watching live on Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1 (FS1), a sensational showing of mixed martial arts (MMA) action. The Ultimate F read news >>

UFC 186's Chad Laprise bothered by lack of recent finishes

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Chad Laprise started his career with five consecutive stoppage victories. In more than three years since then, however, he’s failed to put an opponent away inside the distance.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Thomas Almeida: UFC 186 bout with Yves Jabouin will be 'a show for the fans'

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Thomas Almeida had to face some of the unexpected struggles of a new fighter in the UFC when he made his promotion debut last year.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 186 Rampage Jackson Scrum Video: Admits Injunction was Big Distraction

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Rampage Jackson met with the media on Thursday, admitting his recent court battles over a Bellator injunction request being a sizable distraction. read news >>

Report: Lousy ticket sales force Bell Centre to close half the arena for UFC 186

  • 28 days ago
  • 561 views

Is this record in jeopardy? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will now be working with about 50 percent of the original real estate afforded to its UFC 186: "Johnson vs. Horiguchi" pay-per-view (P read news >>

Report: UFC decides to close off half the Bell Centre seating for UFC 186

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Presumably due to very slow ticket sales in Montreal, the UFC has apparently closed off the whole upper bowl of Bell Centre seating a few days before UFC 186. Do you live in Montreal? Do you want to read news >>

Michael Bisping: Giving Fans What They Came to See

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Much like his fighting style, Michael Bisping’s nickname has evolved into a multi-faceted entity. While “The Count” was originally a nod to his ancestry, it has since become a descriptor of the guara read news >>

Fans invited to Friday's UFC 186 weigh-ins in Montreal; MacDonald, St-Pierre host Q&A

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

MONTREAL – The hometown Montreal Canadiens couldn’t close out their first-round series against Ottawa in the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday night – which paved the way for a location for Friday’s read news >>