Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Boxing and Full-contact Martial Arts Act. Changes the definition of "amateur" to allow the person to receive a stipend for an athletic club or sponsor of the contestant to cover the cost of training and participation expenses not to exceed $1,500. Provides that "full-contact martial arts" includes, but is not limited to, mixed martial arts and kickboxing techniques. Defines "incumbent sanctioning body". Exempts the following from oversight by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation: (1) amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts contests that occur in facilities owned, operated, or managed by a State, county, or local public entity and are conducted by a sanctioning body and (2) amateur boxing, martial arts, or full-contact martial arts contests that are sponsored by a not-for-profit organization and conducted by a sanctioning body. Requires the sponsor of a qualified contest exempt from Department oversight to notify the Department of its intent to sponsor events. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Boxing and Full-contact Martial Arts Act. Defines "kickboxing". Removes language providing that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall have the authority to determine whether a professional or amateur contest is exempt from oversight. Provides that kickboxing contests that are sanctioned by nationally recognized sanctioning bodies are exempt from Department oversight. Provides that participants of kickboxing contests must use, at a minimum, 10 ounce gloves. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 In provisions concerning restricted contests and events, provides that amateur kickboxing contests (rather than kickboxing contests) that are sanctioned by nationally recognized sanctioning bodies are exempt from Department oversight.