While Dana White himself confirmed on the Joe Rogan podcast that a recent court ruling had already paved the way for UFC events in New York, they’re still trying to push things through all the official channels and get a bill legalizing MMA passed through the state senate:

The latest move to legalize mixed martial arts in New York got off to a positive start Thursday as the state’s Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation voted 11-3 on a bill in support of the sport.

The bill now heads to the Senate Finance Committee, which has yet to set a date for a vote on the matter. Committee members are expected to vote in favor of the bill.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is: every year the bill makes it through the Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sport Development committee. Then there’s the Codes committee and the Ways and Means committee and then a general Assembly vote. All this needs to be done before June where lawmakers fuck off for summer vacation and all legislature not through the gauntlet is scrapped, which is what has happened for THE PAST FOUR YEARS.

As usual, the main opponents to the bill are the Culinary Union, and if you thought using gay people and the military to try and advance your purely financial agenda against the Fertittas was low, check this out:

A letter signed by labor-backed organizations and faith groups was sent Wednesday to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, urging him to reject the sport they refer to as “cage fighting.”

The letter — signed by Working Families Party executive director Dan Cantor and Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition executive director Michael Feinberg, among others — cited the Newtown school shooting as a reason to reject mixed martial arts.

“In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, it is unthinkable that lawmakers in any jurisdiction would risk exposing our children to an activity that involves extreme violence and brutality,” the letter reads.

Stay classy, Culinary Union.