Kenneth Lovett of the NY Daily News reported earlier this week that a bill to regulate MMA has been removed from the New York state budget proposal that’s been sitting in the Assembly since April.
The article cites Assemblyman Steven Englebright, a supporter of MMA, as saying that there wasn’t enough support for the bill’s inclusion in the proposal.
There are two separate bills running through New York government:
* The first is an individual bill running through the Assembly and Senate. This is the bill that recently passed through the Senate and is now awaiting two votes from the Assembly.
* The second is a bill that was coupled with the state budget proposal in April. This bill has since been removed by the Assembly.
Unfortunately, it looks as though time has once again run out on MMA in New York. The two different votes needed to completely pass the bill in the Assembly will likely not come as the 2010 session has ended and only continues due to the fact that the budget has yet to pass.
This is the second time that an MMA bill has stalled in the middle of the legislative process. Last year a bill made it all the way through the Assembly, but failed to pass through the Senate before the end of session. This time the situation is the reverse.
It would appear as though the bill will return to the Tourism Committee next year for another vote and repeat the process over again. That is unless, by some tiny chance, that the Assembly addresses the current MMA bill while in its emergency session
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