The New York Senate has passed the bill to regulate and legalize MMA in New York State. The vote was a narrow 32-26 and included some hilarious reactions, many of which are included in the link provided.
On a grander scale, the statements opponents made and the attitudes they have towards the sport are indicative of a systemic shortfall of context, relativity, and rationale in our state’s government. Most are falling back on views of the sport in its infancy, when it bore no resemblance to what we see now.
I offer to all New York State legislators my services and ear in listening to and addressing their concerns, as well as explaining to them the finer points of the sport. Unfortunately I have a sneaking suspicion that, much like with Assemblyman Bob Reilly, they want to hear none of it. They seem married to their views regardless of the facts of the situation, and if men with far greater knowledge and expertise of the sport can’t sway them, I probably don’t have much of a chance either. But, at the very least, I thought I’d at least put it out there.
The bill now has to pass through the Assembly. It faces a tough road ahead not just in the vote, but also with the ongoing budget fiasco in the Legislature.