MMA in New York gets long awaited rematch
17 June 2010
After a similar bill to sanction MMA was included in the executive budget proposal, A-2009 was put on hold to avoid redundancy, only to go back into action after issues with budget cuts caused the executive budget’s progress to grind to a halt. Ultimately, the bill passed through its first committee on June 3rd, the exact same day that it did last year, by a vote of 13-6, almost the exact same vote count as last year.
Now, back in the Ways and Means Committee, A-2009, and with it the prospect of an MMA event in Madison Square Garden by the end of 2010, will get its well-deserved second crack at the legislative title.
The bill’s final two stops in the Ways and Means and Rules Committees, before coming to a final vote in the General Assembly, are not substantively evaluating the bill, but rather checking that no part of the bill’s wording violates previously established policy.
According to Assemblyman Steve Englebright’s policy adviser Elizabeth Nostrand, A-2009’s sister bill in the State Senate is also in its third stage of approval.
Assuming similar progress by both bills through their respective houses of legislation, they should arrive for final vote at the same time with little need for reconciliation between the two versions. While the legislative process in New York is by no means predictable, UFC Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner’s goal to have an event in New York by 2010 does not seem as far fetched as it did a few months ago.
This has been a continuing update on the progress of MMA sanctioning in New York. For more information on the history of the process, see previous coverage here.