Monday, June 6, 2011

Bill to Legalize MMA in New York Passes Vote in Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee Overwhelmingly

ESPN's Josh Gross is reporting that the bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York has passed the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee in the New York Assembly by a vote of 17-3 (note, Steven Marrocco, who spoke to Assemblyman Englebright's office, has indicated that the vote was 16-3).  Notably, Bob Reilly -- the voice of the opposition to MMA in New York -- sits on the Tourism Committee.

Next stop should be the Codes Committee -- where it should pass (as in years past) -- and then on to the Ways & Means Committee -- where it has died before and I predict it will die again. 

I am not alone in this belief.

Indeed, as I said last week, Assemblyman Englebright, the sponsor of the bill in the Assembly, has indicated that he believes the bill will be blocked again:
There is a healthy controversy. There are very concerned members of the majority who can’t support it this year, as they could not support it in years past, . . . I imagine we’ll have similar blockage or stoppage, . . . But, you never know. There are quite a few new faces in the chamber this year. I haven’t seen a sea change, but I have seen subtle changes.

Worth noting that there are a significant number of assembly members pushing the Assembly Speaker to let the bill go straight to the floor for an up or down vote after passage out of the Tourism Committee.  Time will tell.

I will continue to monitor.

Fight Lawyer