Despite a State Senate that voted “yes” for sanctioned MMA in New York, and despite the Assembly’s Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development giving their version of the MMA bill the thumbs-up by a margin of 16-3, things are looking grim. According to the New York Daily News newspaper, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver – the man in charge of directing bill traffic in his legislative house – has put the kibosh on this year’s bid to repeal the state’s ban on kicking butt in cages.
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“There does not appear to be widespread support in the Assembly for this legislation,” Silver said when asked if the proposal would be approved before the June 20 end of the legislative session.
It should be noted that, for all his anti-MMA bluster, Assemblyman Bob Reilly once again lost handily when it came down to a vote in his committee (the Tourism, Arts and Sports Development committee). Instead, the real roadblock to sanctioning is Silver. It’s his support, or lack thereof, that dictates how fast a bill moves through the legislative process and when it gets voted on.
Currently, the Assembly’s MMA bill is in the Codes Committee. It is expected to pass there, but insiders agree that its next stop – in the Ways & Means committee – is where it will die.
Oh well. There’s always next year.