More futile news from this year’s push to see MMA regulated in New York: the bill has been approved by the Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sport Development committee. So now we’ve got the state’s Senate and a committee’s approval. There’s not much left to do, right? Eeeeeeeeeh if only:
Several obstacles, however, still stand in the way of regulated MMA coming to New York.
The bill will now move on to the Codes committee, which passed another version of the bill in 2010 before it died out. Should it pass again, it will move on to the Ways and Means committee, where it stalled last year. From there it would still have to pass a full Assembly vote and be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a tall order given the limited time left in the current session, which is scheduled to end on June 20.
Yep, MMA has to get through three more votes in 13 days (9 if you only count working days). While all signs point to the bill winning those votes, unfortunately you need to actually hold the vote for it to pass, and it doesn’t look like this is very likely. Forget that old coot Bob Reilly – the real enemy here is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He handles what gets voted on and what doesn’t, and has been perfectly happy letting MMA die on the vine year after year with this goddamn end of session crap.
I’ve pretty much given up on this year, but Dana White hasn’t. Here is his message to fans:
“Getting the State Legislature to allow mixed martial arts has been an uphill battle, but thanks to you guys, we’ve refused to let it die. Today we had some good news. The Assembly Tourism Committee voted to allow regulation of MMA. The Senate passed the bill already, so now all we need is the full Assembly to vote,” he said.
“But this is where we got stuck last year, so we need your help. Please take a minute and call your assembly member and ask them to demand a vote on MMA. The legislature leaves for the summer in two weeks so we have no time to lose.
“New York fans have waited long enough. Let’s finish this!”
If you happen to live in New York, here’s the information on how you can harass your Assembly member.