Contact: Michael Fraser, (518) 455-3751 (office); (518) 859-8518 (cell)
"In Albany, it's better to be seven years late than never. Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts ends one of the most dysfunctional legislative ordeals we've seen in the Assembly.
Support for legalizing MMA has existed in the Assembly for years. But the courage to challenge those who obstructed the bill had not. While the Senate passed legislation seven times, the Assembly blocked a measure with widespread, bipartisan support.
I am proud that members of the Minority Conference have demanded a floor vote on MMA year after year. The prolonged dysfunction displayed by the Assembly Majority simply delayed the inevitable, and ensured economic opportunities and revenue-generating events were sent to other states.
Today represents a victory for MMA participants, supporters, fans - and for the state Assembly. A controversial bill came to the floor, it was passionately debated, and we took a vote that was long overdue.
This practice must become the rule in our Chamber, rather than a rare exception."