Just a few hours ago with minimal debate, the New York Senate passed to legalize MMA in a 42-18 vote. It’s not what you think it is. MMA is not legal in New York, yet. We’ve been here before. In fact, last year the very same thing happened but the bill eventually stalled and died in the Assembly. As of right now, the bill is in Tourism which essentially means it will be treated to a presentation on how to buy a time share and will be served overpriced jello shots. If you want to read the process in which New York would pass a bill, feel free to browse Justin Klein’s blog. He’s a lawyer practicing in New York, an occasional jiu-jitsu practitioner and more importantly, a MiddleEasy reader. When the MMA bill was in Tourism this time last year, he gave an extraordinary breakdown as to what would happen next.
Keep in the mind that your favorite bud, Bob Reilly, is an Assembly man — and the MMA bill is in Assembly. Now that the bill is in Reilly’s domain, it’s completely his bread and butter. If I would have eaten a complete breakfast this morning, that euphemism would have not been used. Personally, I expect New York’s MMA bill to stall exactly like it did last year. Reilly is a driven man and the majority of his political platform is to shoot down mixed martial arts at his earliest convenience.