Gov. Rick Snyder signs bipartisan bills setting new standards for mixed martial arts contests

Also signs measure allowing hunting from personal mobility devices

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan residents who participate in amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) events will have a safer environment to compete in, under two bills signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Participation in amateur mixed martial arts has grown considerably in Michigan, and it’s important to consider public health and safety so the participants know they are protected when they enter competitions,” Snyder said.

Senate Bill 152, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Robertson, requires pre-fight medical exams for amateur MMA fighters similar to those used by professional fighters, including testing for blood-borne diseases and drugs and alcohol, and regulates events so that participants are competing in similar weight classes. The bill prescribes penalties to event organizers for violations of these standards. House Bill 4286, sponsored by state Rep. Harvey Santana, makes it a felony for a fight promoter to allow a boxing or MMA professional to participate in a fight with an amateur fighter. The bills were approved with bipartisan support and are now PAs 183 and 184 of 2015, respectively.

Gov. Snyder today also signed HB 4239, sponsored by state Rep. Charles Smiley, to allow individuals with a valid permit to hunt from a personal assistive mobility device. It is now PA 185.

For more information on this and other legislation, please visit www.legislature.mi.gov.

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