Connecticut Closer To Legalizing MMA
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.07.2013
The bill passes in the State House...
MMA Junkie reports that Connecticut is now closer to legalizing MMA in the state. HB-5277 passed in the state's House of Representatives by a 117-26 vote and now moves on to the state senate. If it goes up for a vote, it would be close to passing in the state.
UFC has been trying to get MMA sanctioned in New York but it is not legal yet. Instead, they hold shows in New Jersey, and Connecticut could be another location on the list if the bill passes. The bill has bi-partisan support with 34 co-sponsors, including Rep. Charles Clemons and Sen. Andres Ayala.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on the bill's success: "I want to thank the House members who supported this bill. It's the right thing to do for the thousands of Connecticut MMA and UFC fans, for economic development in the state and for jobs. We will now turn our attention to the Senate and urge the leadership to permit the bill to be voted upon. We are confident that if Senators are allowed to vote on the bill, it will pass with strong bipartisan support."
Clemons on his support: "Legalizing MMA is the right thing to do. I am proud of my colleagues in the House for the strong support they gave the bill and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to turn this bill into a law in 2013. The bill had strong support in the Committee on Public Safety and Security, the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding, and on the floor of the House. The majority of representatives – Democrats and Republicans – know that this is the right thing to do for Connecticut."
Ayala on why MMA should be legalized: "If MMA is legalized in Connecticut, it will mean jobs – union jobs – and economic activity for people and communities where it is desperately needed," Ayala stated. "MMA is the fastest growing sport in the nation. Fans in Connecticut watch it on broadcast, cable and pay-per-view television. They travel to other states and countries to watch it live. We should legalize it here in Connecticut and attract fans from other states and countries to our communities."