Bill S4724A-2013

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

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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  • May 13, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 4724A
  • May 13, 2014: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4724--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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.

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