Phoning for a miracle in New York


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While things are looking kinda grim on the New York MMA legislative front, the UFC isn't going down without a fight. After all, they didn't hold that big press conference in New York earlier this year just so MMA could time out at the end of another legislative session. They're pulling out all the stops in an attempt to push things through before the June 20th deadline. Yesterday, the bill got through yet another committee:

The New York Assembly Codes Committee voted 17-to-3 to pass a bill that would regulate MMA events in the state yesterday afternoon. The senate passed the bill by a 42-18 vote in May. Last week, the Assembly sub-committee on tourism overwhelmingly passed the bill. The next step is for the bill to be voted on by the ways and means committee; if it passes, the bill will then go to the Assembly for a final vote. Should it pass the Assembly floor it would be sent to Governor Cuomo.  

“Today was real big,” said UFC Vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner. Ratner was joined in Albany by vice president of business and legal affairs and assistant general counsel Mike Mersh and light heavyweight fighter Rashad Evans.

With the session concluding on June 20 time is of the essence for proponents of legalizing MMA in the state, especially considering that it has never been closer to being legalized in the state than it is now.

“We need to get it to the floor,” Ratner told Metro after the codes committee vote. He said the ways and means committee could vote on the bill either today or tomorrow. “We don’t want to get timed out; just want to get (a vote) up or down.”

Mersh told Metro before the committee vote that all UFC has ever asked for is an “opportunity” for the legalization of the sport to be voted on, and stated that the organization is “confident” that it would pass.

On top of this, Assemblyman Dean Murray sent a letter to the Assembly and Ways and Means Committee heads urging them to allow a vote on the sport. Once again, the economic positives of MMA in the state were emphasized along with a reminder that the current law allows a crazy unregulated underground MMA scene to thrive (our bud Jim Genia wrote an entire book about it). Most importantly, the document is co-signed by what appears to be 60 other assembly members.

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jjj2121 site profile image  

6/16/11 9:44 AM by jjj2121

 I should have been more clear...I don't live in NY any more, I live in Florida.  If I lived in NY, I would care.  I see why this is a story in NY, I have no idea why it's getting so much national attention.

EBM site profile image  

6/16/11 9:44 AM by EBM

edit, pm'ed you

jjj2121 site profile image  

6/16/11 9:43 AM by jjj2121

Thanks for your contribution to the thread.  

ATAP site profile image  

6/16/11 9:42 AM by ATAP

Or you can just twitpic him a photo of your privates and tell him "I'll love you this much if they legalize MMA in NY"

Tru Technique site profile image  

6/15/11 1:26 PM by Tru Technique

If you don't know why you should care me telling you my thoughts on why you should would be meaningless.

X_Rated site profile image  

6/15/11 1:20 PM by X_Rated

 JJJ, it would be pretty cool for MMA to be legal in NY. I would bomb it down there from Toronto for a good show.

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

6/15/11 1:17 PM by Nexuscrawlers

are you really saying u dont want MMA to be legal in NY jjj?? (or dont care at least)

caposa site profile image  

6/15/11 1:17 PM by caposa

jjj you aren't looking forward to seeing events in NY? I'm sick of having to go to Jersey and CT to see events

jjj2121 site profile image  

6/15/11 1:12 PM by jjj2121

 Care to elaborate?

Tru Technique site profile image  

6/15/11 1:09 PM by Tru Technique

You should...