2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
October 6, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Strachota and Honadel,
cosponsored by Senator Grothman. Referred to Committee on Homeland
Security and State Affairs.
1An Act to amend
444.02 (1); and to create
60.23 (34) of the statutes;
2to: authorizing a town to prohibit mixed martial arts fighting contests.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Safety and Professional Services has the
sole direction, management, and control of, and jurisdiction over, all amateur and
professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting contests.
MMA fighting is defined as a style of fighting that does not include fighting in
which the contestants in a match use the same single form of martial arts, even if the
match is part of an event comprising more than one such match and not all the
matches in the event use the same single form of martial arts. MMA fighting is also
defined as something which does not include a martial arts match in which the rules
prohibit a contestant from striking an opponent's head with the intent to cause
unconsciousness or inflict damage.
Under this bill, a town is authorized to enact and enforce an ordinance
prohibiting a person from participating in, operating, maintaining, attending, or
promoting an amateur or professional MMA fighting contest.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB308, s. 1
60.23 (34) of the statutes is created to read:
60.23 (34) Mixed martial arts fighting.
Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 3
444.02 (1), enact and enforce an ordinance prohibiting a person from participating 4
in, operating, maintaining, attending, or promoting an amateur or professional 5
mixed martial arts fighting contest, as those terms are defined in s. 444.01 (1g) and 6
AB308, s. 2
444.02 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
444.02 (1) The Subject to s. 60.23 (34), the
department shall have the sole 9
direction, management, and control of, and jurisdiction over, all professional 10
contests and all amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests conducted within the 11
state by any promoter or club. No club or promoter may conduct professional contests 12
or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests within the state except under 13
authority granted by the department and in accordance with this chapter and the 14
rules of the department.