UPDATE: Thanks to the support of the Wisconsin MMA community in the form of dozens of phone calls and emails to legislators, the anti-MMA bill (AB-308) is no longer on the legislative agenda. Our message was loud and clear – AB-308 is bad for Wisconsin. We told our legislators to focus on jobs and economic growth – not banning one of the most popular sports in Wisconsin. The MMA community played a valuable role in our effort, and for that, we thank you!
Voice your opposition to AB-308 - Bill seeks to ban MMA in WI
With the Wisconsin State Legislature back in session, it’s time we remind our legislators that Assembly Bill 308 – a bill that would give more than 1,200 towns in the state the authority to prohibit MMA – is simply BAD for Wisconsin. AB-308 could put the future of MMA in Wisconsin in serious jeopardy, but we have the power to take action to make sure the sport remains live and well.
What is AB-308?
Under AB-308, more than 1,200 towns in Wisconsin would be authorized to enact and enforce an ordinance prohibiting a person from participating in, operating, maintaining, attending or promoting an amateur or professional MMA fighting contest. Think about that…a bill that would make it illegal to go to an MMA match!!
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR AND TELL THEM AB-308…
- Is a harsh slap in the face to the thousands of men, women and children who participate and compete in mixed martial arts in all 72 counties.
- Would not create jobs and grow our state's economy. In fact, it will probably have a negative economic and job impact on the hundreds of martial arts dojos and MMA training facilities across Wisconsin.
- Denies athletes the right to compete in one of state's most popular and safest sports.
- Is a waste of time and taxpayer money to consider ill-advised laws that would move MMA back underground.
Who is leading the effort to ban MMA?
The effort to give towns the authority to ban MMA is being led by Rep. Patricia Strachota, and Senator Glenn Grothman. Oddly enough, Rep. Strachota and Sen. Grothman were supporters of the movement toward the creation of safety standards for the sport. Rep. Strachota was in the Assembly that unanimously approved the law, and Sen. Grothman voted in favor of the bill twice – both on the Senate floor and when the bill was originally discussed in his Senate committee.
It’s puzzling why both legislators now want towns to have the chance to ban the sport when before they supported MMA.
Give them a call or send an email asking “Why the flip-flow?” Also ask them why they are focusing on opposing MMA instead of the real issues facing the state.
West Bend, Addison, Slinger, Jackson, Town of Polk, Campbellsport, Kewaskum, Grafton, Port Washington, Saukville, Cedar Grove, Sheboygan and surrounding areas
Senator Glenn Grothman (R) - Co-Sponsor
Room 10 South
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707-7882
Ph: (608) 266-7513
What is the next step in the review process?
The anti-mma bill’s next stop will likely be a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs. The committee has yet to act on it, but we need your help in making sure it stays that way. It’s important that committee members know that AB-308 is BAD for Wisconsin. Our legislators should be focused on jobs – not taking steps that could ban a sport that thousands of Wisconsin citizens participate in – whether it’s for physical fitness or competition.
We were successful last year in making our voices heard, and three of the committee members have expressed support for MMA. But we need mma supporters in the areas represented by the other five members to place a call or send an email asking them to oppose AB-308.
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