Wisconsin MMA bill awaits Gov's signature

by Paul Fladten | source: wicombatsports.com

Regulations Ever So Close 

one signature stands in the way of Wisconsin becoming the 43rd state to regulate the sport of mixed martial arts; with yet another nearly unanimous vote by the Senate on Thursday, the autograph of Governor Jim Doyle remains the final piece of the puzzle.

On Wednesday, the State Assembly voted unanimously, 96-0, in favor of the MMA regulations.  While normally the final vote from the assembly would have pushed the bill onto Governor Doyle’s desk, the group had one amendment to the bill which needed to be approved by the Senate.

The Assembly’s amendment to Senate Bill 290 centered upon the classification of mixed martial arts.  In description, any tournament or event that prohibits striking to the head is fully exempt from the regulations.  The Senate passed this amendment to the bill by a vote of 31-1.

Once again, Wisconsin legislators voted strongly in favor of the Wisconsin MMA Safety Act.  Up to this point, Senate Bill 290 has met very little resistance in its path through the Wisconsin legislative system.

Currently, a date has not yet been set as to when Governor Doyle will review the proposed MMA Legislation.

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