What Everybody Ought to Know about Michigan House Bill 4295

This article was written in September, but I believe everything in it to still be factual and to date.

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “When does the law go into effect?”

It’s a complicated and politically loaded question, with an equally complicated answer. Doesn’t anyone remember the old School House Rock video? In it, there’s a line that says, “It’s a long, long wait while I’m sitting in committee…” And that’s exactly where bill 4295 is.

Here’s a brief history:

On February 17, 2011, House Representative Dave Agema introduced House Bills 4295 and 4296 to the House of Representatives. House Bill 4295 outlines the creation, administration and the abilities of an Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Commission to oversee Amateur MMA in Michigan. As far as Amateur MMA is concerned, the only thing HB 4296 does is make it a felony for a promoter to knowingly put a professional fighter in the ring with an amateur fighter.

The bills were read to the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform. According to the Bill Analysis provided by the Director of the House of Representatives on June 30, 2011, the proposed Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Regulation (HB 4295) does the following:

  • Creates the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Regulatory Act to regulate amateur mixed martial arts

and

  • Creates the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Commission, which will:
    • Create the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Fund
    • Require licensing for promoters and establish licensing fees
    • Prohibit certain conduct
    • Establish administrative sanctions and criminal penalties for violations
    • Provide for investigation of complaints and enforcement of the act
    • Allow certain remedies
    • Define terms

The bill indicates that the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Commission will act as an advisory body within LARA (the department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs). LARA will be responsible for the administration and enforcement of the act. This means that the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Commission nba jerseys sales (AMMAC) will create the AMMA Fund and deposit all the money from application fees, licensing fees, and administrative fines. The funds will then be used to run the Commission and enforce the rules. LARA will handle all the accounting for the fund (as an administrative duty) much like a company’s accounting department controls a company’s money.

So what’s next?

The house bill was introduced on February 17, 2011. It was edited, discussed, printed, filed, and referred to committee for almost five months before it was passed by the House of Representatives. Now, the bill has to pass the same level of scrutiny with the Senate. This process could very well take another five months. It could take more viagra en ligne achat. It might be less. It depends on a lot of factors. There really is no way to predict how long it will take. The fact is, the bill could die in the Senate if they decide not to pass it. Considering that the House passed the bill 101 to 6, I expect that the bill will pass the Senate without much trouble.
When the bill passes the Senate, the final step is for the bill to be signed by the governor. Once the governor signs the bill, the committee of seven people will be appointed at the discretion of the governor. That’s when the real work will begin. The Committee will fill in the details not covered by the bill and decide what else will be regulated. 90 days after the governor signs the bill, it will become law. So, don’t worry, when the bill gets signed, you will hear about it, and you will have 90 days to get everything in order.

Who’s going to be on the committee?

The bill dictates that the committee will be made up of seven members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. There will be a director who doesn’t get a committee vote. One voting member will be a former contestant, physician, referee or judge who has experience in amateur MMA. The rest of the committee will be appointed to serve “at the pleasure of the governor.” Basically, this can be anyone. The terms will be four years, with initial terms truncated to provide a staggered service term.

If you’re on the commission, you cannot have any financial interest in an entity that promotes or sponsors amateur MMA contests or events.

What are the Rules?

Primarily, I want you to know that this article is not exhaustive. This is also not legal advice, nor is the bill complete or finalized. The Senate may still change the bill, make adjustments or changes, or they may add new rules. This is a general outline of the things I think are important from reading the bill myself. The bill is only 25 pages long, and I strongly encourage everyone to read it for themselves. That being said, here’s what I think you ought to know:

Annual licenses expire on September 30th, regardless of when the license was issued.
Regular bouts will consist of not more than 3 rounds of not more than 3 minutes each, with at least 1 minute of rest between rounds. Championship bouts will be not more than 5 rounds of not more than 5 minutes each, with at least one minute of rest between rounds.

The weight classes are spelled out in the bill. They’re on page 12, if you’re interested (PDF). I’m not going to list them here. Here’s a hint: There is not a 175 lb. weight class.

Contests do not take place without a medical professional, and not without a trained and competent referee.

Promoter Specific:

An individual cannot hold or conduct an amateur MMA contest or event unless the individual holds a promoter’s license from the AMMAC. (This bill doesn’t apply to performances or demonstrations held at a training facility in which the participants and spectators don’t have to pay to attend.)

The non-refundable promoter’s application fee will be $100 and the annual license fee will be $300. The license fees may be adjusted every six months based on the Detroit consumer price index.

You are not eligible for a promoter’s license if you have been convicted of a felony that involved violence, theft, fraud, or an element of financial dishonesty in the traslada last five years in the U.S. You are also ineligible if you have an unsatisfied tax lien of $5000 or more in any jurisdiction.

The event fee is set at $200 per event.

The department must be notified and paid for the event at least 5 days in advance.

The promoter must pay all obligations related to the event, including, but not limited to venue rent, judges, medical professional, referee, and timekeeper fees.

Each contestant must be insured for at least $10,000 for any medical or hospital expenses, including deductibles paid by the contestant, to cover injuries sustained in a contest and for at least $10,000 to be paid in accordance with the statutes of descent and distribution of individual property if the contestant dies as a result of injuries received in a contest.

The promoter must maintain records for at least 1 year after the date of the event. These records must be made available to the department or to law enforcement upon request.

The promoter will be responsible for providing gloves that weigh between 4 ounces and 8 ounces.

Referee Specific:

The referee will be responsible for examining the gloves of the contestant before and during the contest.

Contestant Specific:

Contestants must be in the same weight class, or the lighter contestant must agree to compete with the heavier contestant.

Professional MMA athletes CAN NOT compete with amateurs.

Contestants must submit medical certification verifying negative results for Hepatitis B and C and Fake Oakleys HIV within 180 days before the contest.

Female contestants must provide the results of a pregnancy test performed within 7 days of the contest which show that the contestant is not pregnant.

Contestants cannot compete without proper medical clearance.

If there is any reason to suspect that the contestant is impaired, he or she is not allowed to compete.

If a contestant loses by TKO in the 30-day period before a scheduled bout, he or she is not allowed to compete unless the results of a physical examination are submitted to the promoter that indicate that he or she is fit to compete.

If the contestant has been knocked out or TKO’d as a result of excessive hard blows to the head twice in a 90 day period, they will not be allowed to compete until at least 120 days after the second knock out or TKO.

If the contestant has been knocked out or TKO’d as a result of excessive hard blows to the head in 3 consecutive contests, they will not be allowed to compete until at least a year after the third knock out or TKO.

Medical Specific:

If the fight is stopped by TKO or KO, the medical professional can recommend a CAT scan or an MRI immediately after the contest. If this is the case, that contestant may not fight again until these tests have been performed and the proper paperwork has been submitted by the contestant to the promoter demonstrating that the contestant has proper medical clearance to compete.

Is that all?

Of course not. The bill also has lengthy sections about violations and penalties and typical unsavory behavior that may result in penalties, fines, or jail time. Like I said before, the bill is still changing. It might change again before the governor sees it. It’s a work in progress. These are the main rules set out by the bill as it was passed by the House of Representatives.

The rest of the rules aren’t included in the bill for very good reason. It takes a long time for a bill to cheap fake oakleys go through the House and the Senate and the governor. If you need to change the rules regarding elbows and amateurs, it’s much faster and more effectively done through the commission instead of waiting a year or more for the legislation to be changed.

The bill is only 25 pages long. It would take you less than an hour to read it yourself.

The bottom line is this – All House Bill 4295 does is allow for the creation of The Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Commission under the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee and regulate Amateur Mixed Martial Arts in Michigan. It also has a few very crucial rules to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It’s lightweight legislation – which is good.

Weigh in for yourself!