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The Assembly Democratic conference discussed behind closed doors whether to bring a bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York before Speaker Sheldon Silver determined the votes weren’t there for it to pass.

“It will not come to the floor this year,” Silver told the Daily News afterward.

The conference, he said, “was pretty evenly divided.”

Silver didn’t rule out passage in the next year or two.

“I think it’s evolving,” he said. “I don’t think two years ago it was a 50-50 proposition.”

Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) expressed disappointment at the decision.

“This is legal in [most] states, it’s highly regulated and it generates economic activities for small business and creates much needed revenue for the state,” Kellner said.

Queens Democratic Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, a self-proclaimed fan of the controversial sport, dismissed talk of the violence played up by detractors.

“Mixed martial arts is an art form,” she said. “I don’t believe there is inherent violence in it.”

The decision not to bring the bill to the floor helped highlight a growing split between younger members of the Assembly and older lawmakers, insiders said.

“Shelly is still siding with a dwindling number of aging veterans,” one source in the room griped.

The source said after eight people had spoken in favor of legalizing MMA and eight against, Silver called on members who don’t support the bill to raise their hands. About 25 members did.

Then he asked for a show of hands of those who support it before saying that it looked even, the source said.

An upstate member who supports the measure complained it didn’t look even to her, the source said. When Silver asked what she wanted, a city Democrat joked, a “slow roll call.”

The speaker took another informal vote, with 25 again raising their hands against. The “ayes” seemingly had more than 60, the source said.

Silver then said others had expressed opposition privately and that the votes weren’t there to move the bill.

A “very, very disappointed” Marc Ratner, vice president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, said he was looking for was an up-or-down vote.

“I feel 150% if we had a vote on the floor of the Assembly we would win,” Ratner said. “Not to get a vote is un-American.”

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Such absolute bullshit.
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but Dana Gauranteed NY would be done this year...  
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MMALOGIC - but Dana Gauranteed NY would be done this year...  
This wouldn't be the first time he said something that wasn't true. Phone Post
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I know the politicians won't see it as worth it, but if what the source is saying is correct and there was 25 No's and about 60 Aye's then couldn't they call for a vote of no confidence in Silver.

It seems to me that what they are doing is having a negative impact on the state of New York in lost revenue and the like. Phone Post
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this case really sheds light on how shitty unions have become and how their liberal supporters have no clue of the potential conseuences.

all of this is because enough scumbag NY politicians had their pockets lined with cash from the culinary union in Vegas
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Fuck this state. I can't wait until I get out of here.
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MTomlinson - this case really sheds light on how shitty unions have become and how their liberal supporters have no clue of the potential conseuences.

all of this is because enough scumbag NY politicians had their pockets lined with cash from the culinary union in Vegas

 I feel like the shit they are doing is staring everyone in the face plain as day. Why is nobody that can help with the issue seizing the oppurtunity to blast these fuckers in the face and expose the Culinary Union and the dirty politicians that are involved?

This shit is just really stupid...... A secret agent guy can't get a blow job in a different country without the media eating the shit up and making a huge deal about it all but here we have some serious corrupt shit going on and nobody seems to care.
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i really hope silver falls down a flight of stairs n breaks his hip Phone Post
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I can't believe there is corruption and/or union issues in an upsatnding state like NY.
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MTomlinson - this case really sheds light on how shitty unions have become and how their liberal supporters have no clue of the potential conseuences.

all of this is because enough scumbag NY politicians had their pockets lined with cash from the culinary union in Vegas

 I feel like the shit they are doing is staring everyone in the face plain as day. Why is nobody that can help with the issue seizing the oppurtunity to blast these fuckers in the face and expose the Culinary Union and the dirty politicians that are involved?

This shit is just really stupid...... A secret agent guy can't get a blow job in a different country without the media eating the shit up and making a huge deal about it all but here we have some serious corrupt shit going on and nobody seems to care.

 VTFU!

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MMALOGIC - but Dana Gauranteed NY would be done this year...  
This wouldn't be the first time he said something that wasn't true.

Because he has complete control over it, right?
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what a shocker

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 http://www.mmajournalist.blogspot.com/2012/04/ucl-postscript.html
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MMALOGIC - but Dana Gauranteed NY would be done this year...  
This wouldn't be the first time he said something that wasn't true.

Because he has complete control over it, right?

 That's why you dont gaurantee something you dont have control over.
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