The UFC is doing it’s best to make the New York state assembly’s refusal to bring MMA regulation up for a vote look as corrupt as possible. A bill has just been put forward sponsored by over 60 assembly members:

A bill that would lift New York’s ban on professional mixed martial arts is being sponsored by 64 Assembly members, 17 more than had lent their name to the legislation last year.

The bill, introduced in the Assembly last week, would need just 12 additional votes from non-sponsors in order to pass the chamber. But that’s no guarantee that it would come to the Assembly floor; Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, has not committed to bringing it to a vote.

It was introduced on Thursday by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, who first picked up lead sponsor duties last year.

None of this guarantees anything, of course. If the behind the scenes machinations with the Culinary Union are as silly as Dana White has made them out to be in the past, the bill could have enough sponsors to pass and Sheldon Silver could still not bring the thing to a vote. Because that’s how democracy works! God bless America!