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Full Text of HB1646  99th General Assembly


Rep. Joe Sosnowski

Filed: 4/14/2015





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1646 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Boxing and Full-contact Martial Arts Act is
5amended by changing Section 1 and by adding Section 6.5 as
7    (225 ILCS 105/1)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5001)
8    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
9    Sec. 1. Short title and definitions.
10    (a) This Act may be cited as the Boxing and Full-contact
11Martial Arts Act.
12    (b) As used in this Act:
13        "Department" means the Department of Financial and
14    Professional Regulation.
15        "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
16    Professional Regulation.



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1        "Board" means the State of Illinois Athletic Board
2    established pursuant to this Act.
3        "License" means the license issued for promoters,
4    professionals, or officials in accordance with this Act.
5        "Professional contest" means a boxing or full-contact
6    martial arts competition in which all of the participants
7    competing against one another are professionals and where
8    the public is able to attend or a fee is charged.
9        "Permit" means the authorization from the Department
10    to a promoter to conduct professional or amateur contests,
11    or a combination of both.
12        "Promoter" means a person who is licensed and who holds
13    a permit to conduct professional or amateur contests, or a
14    combination of both.
15        Unless the context indicates otherwise, "person"
16    includes, but is not limited to, an individual,
17    association, organization, business entity, gymnasium, or
18    club.
19        "Judge" means a person licensed by the Department who
20    is located at ringside or adjacent to the fighting area
21    during a professional contest and who has the
22    responsibility of scoring the performance of the
23    participants in that professional contest.
24        "Referee" means a person licensed by the Department who
25    has the general supervision of and is present inside of the
26    ring or fighting area during a professional contest.



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1        "Amateur" means a person registered by the Department
2    who is not competing for, and has never received or
3    competed for, any purse or other article of value, directly
4    or indirectly, either for participating in any contest or
5    for the expenses of training therefor, other than a
6    non-monetary prize that does not exceed $50 in value.
7        "Professional" means a person licensed by the
8    Department who competes for a money prize, purse, or other
9    type of compensation in a professional contest held in
10    Illinois.
11        "Second" means a person licensed by the Department who
12    is present at any professional contest to provide
13    assistance or advice to a professional during the contest.
14        "Matchmaker" means a person licensed by the Department
15    who brings together professionals to compete in contests.
16        "Manager" means a person licensed by the Department who
17    is not a promoter and who, under contract, agreement, or
18    other arrangement, undertakes to, directly or indirectly,
19    control or administer the affairs of professionals.
20        "Timekeeper" means a person licensed by the Department
21    who is the official timer of the length of rounds and the
22    intervals between the rounds.
23        "Purse" means the financial guarantee or any other
24    remuneration for which contestants are participating in a
25    professional contest.
26        "Physician" means a person licensed to practice



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1    medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act
2    of 1987.
3        "Martial arts" means a discipline or combination of
4    different disciplines that utilizes sparring techniques
5    without the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate
6    one's opponent, such as, but not limited to, Karate, Kung
7    Fu, Judo, Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kyuki-Do.
8        "Full-contact martial arts" means the use of a singular
9    discipline or a combination of techniques from different
10    disciplines of the martial arts, including, without
11    limitation, full-force grappling, kicking, and striking
12    with the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate one's
13    opponent.
14        "Amateur contest" means a boxing or full-contact
15    martial arts competition in which all of the participants
16    competing against one another are amateurs and where the
17    public is able to attend or a fee is charged.
18        "Contestant" means a person who competes in either a
19    boxing or full-contact martial arts contest.
20        "Address of record" means the designated address
21    recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's
22    application file, license file, or registration file as
23    maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
24    It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the
25    Department of any change of address and those changes must
26    be made either through the Department's website or by



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1    contacting the Department.
2        "Bout" means one match between 2 contestants.
3        "Sanctioning body" means an organization approved by
4    the Department under the requirements and standards stated
5    in this Act and the rules adopted under this Act to act as
6    a governing body that sanctions professional or amateur
7    contests.
8        "Elimination tournament" means a combative sports
9    contest in which the contestants compete in a series of
10    matches until not more than one contestant remains in any
11    weight category.
12(Source: P.A. 96-663, eff. 8-25-09; 97-119, eff. 7-14-11;
1397-1123, eff. 8-27-12.)
14    (225 ILCS 105/6.5 new)
15    Sec. 6.5. Elimination tournaments.
16    (a) All elimination tournaments conducted in this State
17must be conducted in accordance with this Section.
18    (b) Before the start of any elimination tournament, the
19Department shall check all promoters, professionals, and
20officials associated with the elimination tournament for
21licenses issued by the Department. Any individual without a
22current license or registered issued by the Commission shall
23not participate in the event.
24    (c) The promoter of an elimination tournament must:
25        (1) complete an application provided by the



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1    Department;
2        (2) provide a surety bond, cash, certificate of
3    deposit, or other form of security acceptable to the
4    Department in the amount of $5,000; the Department may
5    increase the security as circumstances warrant;
6        (3) provide medical insurance in the amount of at least
7    $10,000 for each participant; and
8        (4) submit a $50 permit fee.
9    In addition, the promoter of an elimination tournament
11        (A) arrange for an ambulance to be on site at each
12    event with emergency medical personnel and proper
13    resuscitation equipment;
14        (B) provide 16-ounce boxing gloves that shall be worn
15    by all participants;
16        (C) provide headgear that shall be worn by all
17    participants;
18        (D) provide adequate security at each event; and
19        (E) arrange spectator seating at least 6 feet away from
20    the ring apron.
21    The promoter of an elimination tournament may act as a
22matchmaker for the purposes of arranging bouts.
23    Promoters of elimination tournaments may request the
24Department to not accept any participant due to conduct or
25safety. Upon approval of the request by the Department, the
26participant in question shall be banned from participating in



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1the event.
2    (d) Elimination tournaments shall consist of 3 one-minute
3rounds with a one-minute rest period between each round. Each
4round shall be judged on a 10-point must system.
5    Elimination tournaments shall be single-elimination
6events. An elimination participant who has lost a bout may not
7participate in the same program of bouts.
8    If a participant is knocked down 3 times in a round, that
9participant shall be declared the loser of the bout.
10    If a bout is declared a draw, the judges shall reevaluate
11their scorecards and select a winner.
12    The referee or the ringside physician may stop a bout if,
13in the judgment of either, allowing the bout to continue may
14jeopardize the health or the safety of a participant.
15    Elimination tournaments may be one-night or 2-night
16events. Elimination tournament participants may not
17participate in more than one match during the first night of a
182-night elimination tournament.
19    An elimination tournament participant may participate in
20any number of bouts the second night of a 2-night elimination
22    Competing for or winning a prize in an elimination
23tournament shall not make the participant a professional within
24the scope of this Act unless all other participants in the
25tournament are professionals.
26    Bouts between male and female participants shall not be



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2    (e) Participants in elimination tournaments shall:
3        (1) be at least 18 years of age;
4        (2) provide the Department with one form of photo
5    identification with date of birth;
6        (3) complete an application form provided by the
7    Department;
8        (4) submit the required license fee of $20; and
9        (5) provide 2 photographs of himself or herself.
10    An individual may not participate in elimination
11tournaments if he or she (i) has been a competitor in a
12professional boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts
13competition or (ii) has been a winner of more than 5 of any
14combination of amateur boxing, kickboxing, or elimination
15tournament events in the past 5 years or more than 3 of any
16combination of amateur boxing, kickboxing, or elimination
17tournament events in the past 12 months, unless the event is
18restricted to winners of previous events.
19    A participant shall not wear any type of body piercing,
20hard contact lenses, dentures, or removable dental work during
21a bout. A participant with dental braces may compete if the
22participant wears a fitted mouthpiece covering the entire
24    Male participants must wear a groin protector and a
25mouthpiece during all bouts.
26    Female participants shall provide a negative pregnancy



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1test that shall be verified by the ringside physician or they
2shall not be permitted to compete.
3    (f) Each participant shall submit to and complete a
4pre-bout medical examination performed by a
5Department-appointed ringside physician before the elimination
6tournament begins. The physicals shall be performed at the
7location of the event, unless an alternate location is approved
8by the Department. The ringside physician shall be a physician
9licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or doctor of
10osteopathy. The examination shall cover the following, with the
11results written on a form provided by the Department: blood
12pressure, head, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, chest, heart,
13and abdomen.
14    No participant shall be allowed to participate in an
15elimination tournament if he or she is under the influence of
16alcohol or drugs. The Department may require elimination
17tournament participants to submit to an alcohol breathalyzer
18test at any time.
19    If the ringside physician determines a participant is unfit
20to compete for any reason, that participant shall not
21participate in the elimination tournament. The ringside
22physician shall remain at ringside at all times during an
23elimination tournament bout and shall perform post-bout
24medical evaluations of all participants. The Department shall
25provide forms for the ringside physician to complete.
26    (g) The promoter shall provide all of the following



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1ringside at the elimination tournament:
2        (1) a sufficient number of buckets for use by the
3    participants;
4        (2) stools for use by seconds;
5        (3) rubber gloves for use by the referees, seconds,
6    ringside physicians, and inspectors;
7        (4) seats at ringside for the assigned officials,
8    including a seat near the steps into the ring for the
9    physician;
10        (5) scales for weigh-ins, which the Department may
11    require to be certified;
12        (6) a bell;
13        (7) a public address system;
14        (8) a separate dressing room for both genders, if
15    participants of each gender are participating;
16        (9) a separate room for physical examinations; and
17        (10) a separate dressing room for officials, unless the
18    physical arrangements of the contest site make an
19    additional dressing room impossible.
20    (h) Elimination tournaments shall consist of the following
214 weight classes for male and female participants:
22        (1) The lightweight class shall consist of
23    participants of at least 140 but less that 160 pounds in
24    weight.
25        (2) The light heavyweight class shall consist of
26    participants of at least 160 but less that 185 pounds in



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1    weight.
2        (3) The heavyweight class shall consist of
3    participants of at least 185 but less that 205 pounds in
4    weight.
5        (3) The super heavyweight class shall consist of
6    participants of at least 205 pounds in weight.
7    The promoter may add additional weight classes to the
8program of bouts if participants in other categories apply to
9compete upon approval by the Department.
10    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
11becoming law.".