senate Bill S4724A

Imposes a two year moratorium on mixed martial arts events in the state, requires the commissioner of the department of health to conduct a health study to determine the dangers of mixed martial arts

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 19 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4724A

Summary

Imposes a two year moratorium on the conduct of mixed martial arts events in the state and requires the commissioner of health to conduct a comprehensive health study to determine the dangers of mixed martial arts.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4724
S4724A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4724A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to impose a two year moratorium on the conduct
of mixed martial arts events and amateur mixed martial arts
competition events in the state and to require the commissioner of the
department of health to conduct a comprehensive health study to
determine the dangers of mixed martial arts

PURPOSE: To identify the most salient medical issues that may be
associated with the practice of mixed martial arts.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 Prohibits the practice of public and for-profit mixed
martial arts events and amateur mixed martial arts for a period of two
years from the effective date of this act.

Section 2 Authorizes the commissioner of the department of health to
conduct a comprehensive health study to determine the dangers to
participants of engaging in mixed martial arts competition events.

Section 3 Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Recent revelations about long-term health impacts for
participants in professional sports such as football have only
highlighted the necessity for the State of New York to have adequate
information detailing the health impacts of so-called "mixed martial
arts" (MMA) fighting.

Before permitting these professional fighting events in our state,
both the mental and physical impacts for participants and the public
deserve a thorough assessment. In addition to the various acute
traumatic injuries combatants can suffer, evidence indicates
longer-term injuries or illness can be more likely for those exposed
to repeated blows in mixed martial bouts, even when the lion's share
of hits falls short of inducing a full concussion.

Repeated blows to the head, choke-holds, submission holds, fractured
bones, damaged cartilage, and other severe injuries are major causes
of concern for the state, which could bear financial burdens for
future medical treatment. Competitive MMA is a relatively new and
growing sport, whose underlying health risks and long-term problems
are not yet fully known. A two-year moratorium will give the state
time to study the negative health effects resulting from extended
participation in professional MMA competition.

At the same time, there may be adverse public safety and mental health
consequences for society as a whole, and particularly children, if we
legalize this sport without first adequately accounting for the risks.
Due to the violent nature of mixed martial arts and the surprisingly
high incidence of unchallenged sexism and misogyny displayed by
certain fighters, commentators, and other public figures associated
with this sport, the prospect of legalization in New York State raises
legitimate concerns about the increased exposure of our children to
this new and potentially very negative influence.


All of these risk factors and costs require study before the state can
responsibly permit professional competitive MMA events.

Current New York State law prohibits professional mixed martial arts
events but amateur mixed martial arts fights are held in the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal for the Department of Health to conduct
adequate research.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4724--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 19, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. KRUEGER, HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health --  recom-
  mitted  to  the  Committee on Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6,
  sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to impose a two year moratorium on the conduct of mixed martial
  arts events and amateur mixed martial arts competition events  in  the
  state  and  to require the commissioner of the department of health to
  conduct a comprehensive health study to determine the dangers of mixed
  martial arts

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Notwithstanding any law, rule or regulation to the contra-
ry, public and for-profit mixed  martial  arts  competition  events  and
amateur  mixed martial arts competition events shall not be conducted in
the state of New York for a period of two years from the effective  date
of this act.
  S  2.  The  commissioner of the department of health is authorized and
directed to conduct  a  comprehensive  health  study  to  determine  the
dangers  to  participants  of engaging in mixed martial arts competition
events. Such study shall be completed  within  eighteen  months  of  the
effective date of this act.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09788-02-4

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