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Majority of Assembly supports Mixed Martial Arts in NY

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A majority of members of the New York State Assembly support the legalization of professional mixed martial arts fighting in the state, according to a survey by Capital New York.

The media outlet reported 76 members have either signed on as bill co-sponsors or said they would vote in favor. The bill has not yet come to the floor.

The Senate has passed a bill six times to make the sport legal in New York.

New leadership in the Assembly has given supporters hope this spring.

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, is fighting corruption charges.

His replacement, Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, was once listed as a co-sponsor of a bill that would legalize the sport.

Another lead sponsor is Assemblyman Joe Morelle, D-Rochester, who is the Democratic majority leader.

Supporters say New York – the last state to ban the sport – is missing out on jobs and tourism revenue. Opponents say the sport is too violent.

The combat sport combines wrestling and boxing with martial arts such as kick-boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

The Onondaga County Legislature earlier this month approved a resolution to support MMA.

Amateur mixed martial arts is legal in New York as long as the athletes are not paid.



Posted May 10th, 2015. Filed under Amateur Wrestling, MMA Tagged:

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