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HB 2562 - Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (55-37) - (Key vote)

Title: Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that legalizes mixed martial arts.

Highlights:
  • Expands the Lottery Commission to include the State Athletic Commission (Art. 2, Sec. 1).
  • Defines "mixed martial arts" as a combative sporting contest, the rules of which allow two competitors to attempt to achieve dominance over one another by utilizing a variety of techniques including, but not limited to, the following (Art. 5, Sec. 2):
    • Striking;
    • Grappling; or
    • Submission holds.
  • Specifies that the West Virginia Athletic Commission shall be terminated and reinstated on July 1, 2011 and shall then consist of 5 members that are to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate that meet the following standards (Art. 5, Sec. 3):
    • 1 member who has 5 years experience in professional boxing;
    • 1 member who has 5 years experience in professional mixed martial arts;
    • 1 member who has 5 years experience in semi-professional boxing;
    • 1 member who is a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician; and
    • 1 citizen member who is not licensed and does not perform any services related to persons regulated.
  • Authorizes the Athletic Commission to perform, but not be limited to, the following duties (Art. 5, Sec. 4):
    • Have control over professional boxing and mixed martial arts contests, as well as amateur mixed martial arts contests, and semi-professional boxing;
    • Establish requirements for licenses, and procedures for submitting, approving and rejecting applications for licenses and permits;
    • Determine the qualification of any applicant for licenses and permits;
    • Maintain an office, and hire, discharge, establish the job requirements and fix the compensation of employees, investigators and contracted employees that are necessary to enforce this bill;
    • Issue, renew, combine, deny, suspend, revoke, or reinstate licenses and permits; and
    • Propose rules.
  • Authorizes the Athletic Commission to determine if the contestants are evenly and fairly matched according to skill, experience and weight in order to produce a fair and sportsmanlike contest (Art. 5, Sec. 11).
  • Authorizes the State Lottery Commission to provide administrative support and office space to the State Athletic Commission (Art. 22, Sec. 5).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts

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