Mixed Martial Arts Bill May Not Come to a Vote in State Assembly
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
It does not appear that there is enough support in the New York State Assembly to pass a bill legalizing professional mixed martial arts (MMA) events this year.
The New York Daily News is reporting that 35 Assembly Democrats have signed a letter opposing the legalization of MMA that was delivered to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
The Daily News says that the MMA bill would be unlikely to pass unless 76 Democrats support it. With 35 Democrats opposing it, that only leaves 69 potential yes votes.
Republican Assembly members could provide the necessary seven votes, but the Daily News says it is unlikely the MMA bill will be brought to a vote unless it has enough Democratic support to pass.
The Democrats say they oppose legalizing MMA because they see it as "brutal and barbaric."
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