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Full Text of HB1646  99th General Assembly


Sen. David Koehler

Filed: 5/24/2016





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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 Sections 1 and 6 and adding Section 8.5 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8    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)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
5    covered by this Act or for the expenses of training
6    therefor, other than a non-monetary prize that does not
7    exceed $50 in value or a stipend for an athletic club or
8    sponsor of the contestant to cover the cost of training and
9    participation expenses not to exceed $1,500.
10        "Professional" means a person licensed by the
11    Department who competes for a money prize, purse, or other
12    type of compensation in a professional contest held in
13    Illinois.
14        "Second" means a person licensed by the Department who
15    is present at any professional contest to provide
16    assistance or advice to a professional during the contest.
17        "Matchmaker" means a person licensed by the Department
18    who brings together professionals to compete in contests.
19        "Manager" means a person licensed by the Department who
20    is not a promoter and who, under contract, agreement, or
21    other arrangement, undertakes to, directly or indirectly,
22    control or administer the affairs of professionals.
23        "Timekeeper" means a person licensed by the Department
24    who is the official timer of the length of rounds and the
25    intervals between the rounds.
26        "Purse" means the financial guarantee or any other



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



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1    maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
2    It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the
3    Department of any change of address and those changes must
4    be made either through the Department's website or by
5    contacting the Department.
6        "Bout" means one match between 2 contestants.
7        "Sanctioning body" means an organization approved by
8    the Department under the requirements and standards stated
9    in this Act and the rules adopted under this Act to act as
10    a governing body that sanctions professional or amateur
11    contests.
12        "Incumbent sanctioning body" means an organization
13    that notifies the Department in writing that it is a
14    recognized sanctioning body in more than 10 American
15    states.
16(Source: P.A. 96-663, eff. 8-25-09; 97-119, eff. 7-14-11;
1797-1123, eff. 8-27-12.)
18    (225 ILCS 105/6)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5006)
19    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
20    Sec. 6. Restricted contests and events.
21    (a) All professional and amateur contests, or a combination
22of both, in which physical contact is made are prohibited in
23Illinois unless authorized by the Department pursuant to the
24requirements and standards stated in this Act and the rules
25adopted pursuant to this Act. This subsection (a) does not



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1apply to any of the following qualified entities:
2        (1) Amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts
3    contests conducted by accredited secondary schools,
4    colleges, or universities, although a fee may be charged.
5        (2) Amateur boxing contests that are sanctioned by USA
6    Boxing or any other sanctioning organization approved by
7    the Association of Boxing Commissions.
8        (3) Amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts
9    contests sponsored conducted by a State, county, or
10    municipal entity.
11        (4) Amateur martial arts contests that are not defined
12    as full-contact martial arts contests under this Act,
13    including, but not limited to, Karate, Kung Fu, Judo,
14    Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kyuki-Do.
15        (5) Full-contact martial arts contests, as defined by
16    this Act, that are recognized by the International Olympic
17    Committee or are contested in the Olympic Games and are not
18    conducted in an enclosed fighting area or ring.
19        (6) Amateur boxing or martial arts contests that are
20    conducted by a not-for-profit organization.
21    No other amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts
22contests shall be permitted unless authorized by the
24    (b) The Department shall have the authority to determine
25whether a professional or amateur contest is exempt for
26purposes of this Section.



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1    (c) A qualified entity exempt from Department oversight
2must notify the Department of its intent to sponsor events
3covered under this Act.
4(Source: P.A. 96-663, eff. 8-25-09; 97-119, eff. 7-14-11;
597-1123, eff. 8-27-12.)
6    (225 ILCS 105/8.5 new)
7    Sec. 8.5. Sanctioning bodies. A sanctioning body must apply
8for approved status with the Department. Within 15 business
9days of an application, the Department must send written
10correspondence to the applicant of the procedures required for
11its approval or disapproval, including at least 2 meetings of
12the Board for the review of the application. The correspondence
13must include, but is not limited to, dates for board meetings,
14required amendments to the application for compliance, and
15paperwork filing requirements. The approval process may not
16exceed 4 months from the date the applicant filed for approved
18    An incumbent sanctioning body that is registered by the
19Department shall have all the rights and privileges of a
20sanctioning body as defined in this Act.
21    Notwithstanding this Section, all authority given to the
22Department and the Board to review and deny a sanctioning body
23for violations of health and safety standards covered within
24this Act apply.



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.".