Mixed Martial Arts Santioning in NY Gets Shot Down for the Third Year Straight

The New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Assembly Democratic conference discussed and denied bringing MMA sanctioning to the floor for a vote this year. Speaker Sheldon Silver determined that the votes weren’t there for a bill to pass. He went on to say that he felt MMA legislation in New York was evolving and that it could pass within the next couple of years, but currently felt support was about a “50-50 proposition.”

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… after eight people had spoken in favor of legalizing MMA and eight against, Silver called on members who don’t support the bill to raise their hands. About 25 members did. Then he asked for a show of hands of those who support it before saying that it looked even, the source said. An upstate member who supports the measure complained it didn’t look even to her, the source said. When Silver asked what she wanted, a city Democrat joked, a “slow roll call.” The speaker took another informal vote, with 25 again raising their hands against. The “ayes” seemingly had more than 60, the source said. Silver then said others had expressed opposition privately and that the votes weren’t there to move the bill.

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