|SAME AS||SAME AS S00503|
|COSPNSR||Santabarbara, Markey, Cook, Benedetto, Blake, Mosley, Hooper|
|Amd SS4, 5-a & 6, add S5-b, Chap 912 of 1920; amd SS2, 11, 14-a & 50, add S18-d, Work Comp L; amd SS451 & 452, Tax L|
|Establishes protocols for combative sports; authorizes mixed martial arts events in this state; establishes the New York Mixed Martial Arts Injury Compensation Fund, Inc.; establishes procedures for applications for licenses; establishes penalties for violations; provides for benefits secured by the NYMMAICF; imposes taxes on gross receipts of such events.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1981 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 13, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. FARRELL -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development AN ACT to amend chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 relating to the regu- lation of boxing, sparring and wrestling, in relation to establishing protocols for combative sports and authorizing mixed martial arts events in this state; and in relation to establishing the New York mixed martial arts injury compensation fund, inc.; to amend the work- ers' compensation law, in relation to benefits secured by the New York mixed martial arts injury compensation fund; to amend the tax law, in relation to the imposition of a tax on the gross receipts of any person holding any professional or amateur boxing, sparring or wrestl- ing match or exhibition, or professional combative sports match or exhibition; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expi- ration thereof The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of section 4 of chapter 912 2 of the laws of 1920 relating to the regulation of boxing, sparring and 3 wrestling, subdivisions 2 and 6 as amended by chapter 437 of the laws of 4 2002 and subdivisions 3, 4 and 5 as added by chapter 603 of the laws of 5 1981, are amended to read as follows: 6 2. The advisory board shall have power and it shall be the duty of the 7 board to prepare and submit to the commission for approval regulations 8 and standards for the physical examination of professional boxers and 9 professional combative sports participants including, without limita- 10 tion, pre-fight and/or post-fight examinations and periodic comprehen- 11 sive examinations. The board shall continue to serve in an advisory 12 capacity to the commission and from time to time prepare and submit to 13 the commission for approval, such additional regulations and standards 14 of examination as in their judgment will safeguard the physical welfare 15 of professional boxers licensed by the commission. The advisory board EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00051-01-5A. 1981 2 1 shall recommend to the commission from time to time such qualified 2 physicians, for the purpose of conducting physical examinations of 3 professional boxers and professional combative sports participants and 4 other services as the rules of the commission shall provide; and shall 5 recommend to the commission a schedule of fees to be paid to physicians 6 for such examinations and other services as required by this act. 7 3. The advisory board shall develop appropriate medical education 8 programs for all commission personnel involved in the conduct of boxing 9 and sparring matches or exhibitions or professional combative sports 10 matches or exhibitions so that such personnel can recognize and act upon 11 evidence of potential or actual adverse medical indications in a partic- 12 ipant prior to or during the course of a match or exhibition. 13 4. The advisory board shall review the credentials and performance of 14 each commission physician on an annual basis as a condition of reap- 15 pointment of each such physician, including each such physician's 16 comprehension of the medical literature on boxing or professional comba- 17 tive sports referred to in subdivision five of this section. 18 5. The advisory board shall recommend to the commission a compilation 19 of medical publications on the medical aspects of boxing or professional 20 combative sports which shall be maintained by the commission and be made 21 available for review to all commission personnel involved in the conduct 22 of any boxing or sparring match or exhibition or professional combative 23 sports match or exhibition. 24 6. The advisory board shall also advise the commission on any study of 25 equipment, procedures or personnel which will, in their opinion, promote 26 the safety of boxing participants and professional combative sports 27 participants. 28 § 2. Section 5-a of chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 relating to the 29 regulation of boxing, sparring and wrestling, as added by chapter 14 of 30 the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: 31 § 5-a. Combative sports. 1. Definitions. As used in this section: 32 (a) "Board" means medical advisory board as established in section 33 four of this act. 34 (b) A "combative sport" shall mean any professional match or exhibi- 35 tion other than boxing, sparring, wrestling or martial arts wherein the 36 contestants deliver, or are not forbidden by the applicable rules there- 37 of from delivering kicks, punches or blows of any kind to the body of an 38 opponent or opponents. For the purposes of this section, the term 39 "martial arts" shall include any professional match or exhibition of a 40 single discipline sanctioned by an organization approved by the commis- 41 sion, including, but not limited to, any of the following organizations: 42 U.S. Judo Association, U.S. Judo, Inc., U.S. Judo Federation, U.S. Tae 43 Kwon Do Union, North American Sport Karate Association, U.S.A. Karate 44 Foundation, U.S. Karate, Inc., World Karate Association, Professional 45 Karate Association, Karate International, International Kenpo Associ- 46 ation, or World Wide Kenpo Association. The commission [ is authorized47 to] shall promulgate regulations which would establish a process to 48 allow for the inclusion or removal of martial arts organizations from 49 the above list. Such process shall include but not be limited to consid- 50 eration of the following factors: [ (a)] (1) is the organization's 51 primary purpose to provide instruction in self defense techniques; [ (b)] 52 (2) does the organization require the use of hand, feet and groin 53 protection during any competition or bout; and [ (c)] (3) does the organ- 54 ization have an established set of rules that require the immediate 55 termination of any competition or bout when any participant has received 56 severe punishment or is in danger of suffering serious physical injury.A. 1981 3 1 (c) "Commission" means the state athletic commission as provided for 2 in section one of this chapter or an agent of the commission acting on 3 its behalf. 4 (d) "Mixed martial arts" means any professional combative sports 5 competition wherein the rules of such competition subject to the appli- 6 cable limitations as set forth by the commission authorize professional 7 combative sports matches or exhibitions between various fighting disci- 8 plines, including the utilization of permitted martial arts techniques, 9 including striking, kicking and grappling. No non-professional or 10 amateur bout, exhibition or participant shall be authorized by this 11 section. 12 (e) "Professional combative sports participant" or "participant" shall 13 mean a combative sports fighter who competes for a money prize or teach- 14 es or pursues or assists in the practice of mixed martial arts as a 15 means of obtaining a livelihood or pecuniary gain, and any contest 16 conforming to the rules, regulations and requirements of this section. 17 (f) "Professional combative sports match or exhibition" shall mean any 18 match or exhibition that must be approved by the commission where 19 professional combative sports participants receive consideration of any 20 value or an admission is charged. 21 1-a. Commission review. The commission shall review each martial arts 22 sanctioning organization, including those listed in subdivision one of 23 this section, at least biennially, or sooner if determined necessary 24 based upon the periodic compliance checks or complaints to the commis- 25 sion, to determine continuation of the commission's approval. The 26 commission shall continue approval or shall suspend or revoke approval 27 based upon compliance of the organization with the approved sanctioning 28 standards and its ability to supervise matches in the state. The 29 commission shall act upon any application for inclusion in the list in 30 paragraph (b) of subdivision one of this section within sixty days of 31 the date such application is made to the commission. 32 1-b. Mixed martial arts competition. (a) The commission shall promul- 33 gate rules and regulations to allow for mixed martial arts competitions 34 to be conducted, held, or given within the state of New York and shall 35 allow for licenses to be approved by the commission for such matches or 36 exhibitions. The commission is authorized to promulgate rules and regu- 37 lations to carry out the provisions of this subdivision. Such rules and 38 regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the adoption of 39 unified rules of mixed martial arts, a licensing process for matches and 40 exhibitions, a fee schedule for such licenses, procedures to allow for 41 the participation, promotion, and advancement of such events, the health 42 and safety of participants, and the best interests of mixed martial arts 43 and the adoption of rules and regulations for licensing and regulation 44 of any and all gyms, clubs, training camps and other organizations that 45 maintain training facilities providing contact sparring for persons who 46 prepare for participation in such professional combative sports or exhi- 47 bitions, except as otherwise provided in this section. 48 (b) The commission is authorized and directed to require that all 49 sites wherein professional combative sports are conducted shall comply 50 with state and applicable local sanitary codes appropriate to school 51 athletic facilities. 52 2. [ No combative sport shall be conducted, held or given within the53 state of New York, and no licenses may be approved by the commission for54 such matches or exhibitions.55 3. (a) A person who knowingly advances or profits from a combative56 sport activity shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor, and shall beA. 1981 4 1 guilty of a class E felony if he or she has been convicted in the previ-2 ous five years of violating this subdivision.3 (b) A person advances a combative sport activity when, acting other4 than as a spectator, he or she engages in conduct which materially aids5 any combative sport. Such conduct includes but is not limited to conduct6 directed toward the creation, establishment or performance of a comba-7 tive sport, toward the acquisition or maintenance of premises, parapher-8 nalia, equipment or apparatus therefor, toward the solicitation or9 inducement of persons to attend or participate therein, toward the actu-10 al conduct of the performance thereof, toward the arrangement of any of11 its financial or promotional phases, or toward any other phase of a12 combative sport. One advances a combative sport activity when, having13 substantial proprietary or other authoritative control over premises14 being used with his or her knowledge for purposes of a combative sport15 activity, he or she permits such to occur or continue or makes no effort16 to prevent its occurrence or continuation.17 (c) A person profits from a combative sport activity when he or she18 accepts or receives money or other property with intent to participate19 in the proceeds of a combative sport activity, or pursuant to an agree-20 ment or understanding with any person whereby he or she participates or21 is to participate in the proceeds of a combative sport activity.22 (d) Any person who knowingly advances or profits from a combative23 sport activity shall also be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed24 for the first violation ten thousand dollars or twice the amount of gain25 derived therefrom whichever is greater, or for a subsequent violation26 twenty thousand dollars or twice the amount of gain derived therefrom27 whichever is greater. The attorney general is hereby empowered to28 commence judicial proceedings to recover such penalties and to obtain29 injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of this section.] Profes- 30 sional combative sports matches and exhibitions authorized. No combative 31 sports match or exhibition shall be conducted, held or given within the 32 state except in accordance with the provisions of this section and the 33 rules and regulations promulgated by the commission pursuant thereto. 34 The commission shall direct a representative to be present at each place 35 where combative sports are to be held pursuant to the provisions of this 36 section. Such representative shall ascertain the exact conditions 37 surrounding such match or exhibition and make a written report of the 38 same in the manner and form prescribed by the commission. Such combative 39 sports matches or exhibitions may be held in any building for which the 40 commission in its discretion may issue a license. Where such match or 41 exhibition is authorized to be held in a state or city owned armory, the 42 provision of the military law in respect thereto must be complied with, 43 but no such match or exhibition shall be held in a building wholly used 44 for religious services. 45 3. Jurisdiction of commission. (a) The commission shall have and here- 46 by is vested with the sole direction, management, control and jurisdic- 47 tion over all professional combative sports matches or exhibitions to be 48 conducted, held or given within the state of New York and over all 49 licenses to any and all persons who participate in such combative sports 50 matches or exhibitions and over any and all gyms, clubs, training camps 51 and other organizations that maintain training facilities providing 52 contact sparring for persons who prepare for participation in such 53 professional combative sports or exhibitions, except as otherwise 54 provided in this section. 55 (b) The commission is authorized and directed to require that all 56 sites wherein professional combative sports are conducted shall complyA. 1981 5 1 with state and applicable local sanitary codes appropriate to school 2 athletic facilities. 3 4. Entities required to procure licenses; professional combative 4 sports participants defined. Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 5 six of this section, all corporations, persons, limited liability compa- 6 nies, referees, judges, corporation treasurers, professional combative 7 sports participants, their managers, promoters, trainers and chief 8 seconds shall be licensed by the commission, and no such entity shall be 9 permitted to participate, either directly or indirectly, in any profes- 10 sional combative sports match or exhibition, or the holding thereof, 11 unless such entity shall have first procured a license from the commis- 12 sion. The commission shall establish by rule and regulation licensing 13 standards for referees, judges, managers, promoters, trainers and chief 14 seconds. Any match or exhibition conforming to the rules, regulations 15 and requirements of this section shall be deemed to be a professional 16 combative sports match or exhibition. 17 5. License to entities. (a) The commission may, in its discretion, 18 issue a license to conduct or hold professional combative sports matches 19 or exhibitions, subject to the provisions hereof, to any person, corpo- 20 ration or limited liability company duly incorporated or formed, herein- 21 after referred to as "entity". 22 (b) A prospective licensee must submit to the commission proof that it 23 can furnish suitable premises in which such match or exhibition is to be 24 held. 25 (c) Upon written application and the payment of a fee of five hundred 26 dollars which must accompany the application, the commission may grant 27 to any entity holding a license issued hereunder, the privilege of hold- 28 ing such a match or exhibition on a specified date in other premises, or 29 in another location, than the premises of location previously approved 30 by the commission, subject however to approval of the commission and the 31 rules and regulations of the commission. 32 (d) All penalties imposed and collected by the commission from any 33 entity licensed under the provisions of this act, which fines and penal- 34 ties are imposed and collected under the authority hereby vested shall 35 within thirty days after the receipt thereof by the commission be paid 36 by them into the state treasury. 37 6. Temporary working permits for professional combative sports partic- 38 ipants, managers, trainers and chief seconds. The commission may issue 39 temporary working permits to professional combative sports participants, 40 their managers, trainers and chief seconds. A temporary working permit 41 shall authorize the employment of the holder of such permit to engage in 42 a single match or exhibition at a specified time and place. A temporary 43 working permit may be issued if in the judgment of the commission the 44 participation of the holder thereof in a professional combative sports 45 match or exhibition will be consistent with the purposes and provisions 46 of this section, the best interests of combative sports generally, and 47 the public interest, convenience or necessity. The commission may 48 require that professional combative sports participants applying for 49 temporary working permits undergo a physical examination, neurological 50 or neuropsychological test or procedure, including computed tomography 51 or medically equivalent procedure. The fee for such temporary working 52 permit shall be twenty dollars. 53 7. License fees; term of licenses; renewals. Each applicant for a 54 promoter license shall, before a license is issued by the commission, 55 pay to the commission, an annual license fee as follows: where the 56 seating capacity is not more than two thousand five hundred, fiveA. 1981 6 1 hundred dollars; where the seating capacity is more than two thousand 2 five hundred but not more than five thousand, one thousand dollars; 3 where the seating capacity is more than five thousand but not more than 4 fifteen thousand, one thousand five hundred dollars; where the seating 5 capacity is more than fifteen thousand but not more than twenty-five 6 thousand, two thousand five hundred dollars; where the seating capacity 7 is more than twenty-five thousand, three thousand five hundred dollars; 8 referee, one hundred dollars; judges, one hundred dollars; professional 9 combative sports participants, fifty dollars; managers, fifty dollars; 10 trainers, fifty dollars; and chief seconds, forty dollars. Each license 11 or renewal thereof issued pursuant to this subdivision on or after Octo- 12 ber first shall be effective for a license year expiring on the thirti- 13 eth day of September following the date of its issuance. The annual 14 license fee prescribed by this subdivision shall be the license fee due 15 and payable therefor and shall be paid in advance at the time applica- 16 tion is made therefor, and each such license may be renewed for periods 17 of one year upon the payment of the annual license fee prescribed by 18 this subdivision. Within three years from the date of payment and upon 19 the audit of the comptroller, the commission may refund any fee, unfor- 20 feited posted guarantee or tax paid pursuant to this section, for which 21 no license is issued or no service rendered or refund that portion of 22 the payment that is in excess of the amount prescribed by statute. 23 8. Application for license; fingerprints. (a) Every application for a 24 license shall be in writing, shall be addressed to the commission, shall 25 be subscribed by the applicant, and affirmed by him as true under the 26 penalties of perjury, and shall set forth such facts as the provisions 27 hereof and the rules and regulations of the commission may require. 28 (b) When an application is made for a license under this section, the 29 commission may cause the fingerprints of such applicant, or if such 30 applicant be a corporation, of the officers of such corporation, or if 31 such applicant be a limited liability company, the manager of such 32 limited liability company to be taken in duplicate. The applicant shall 33 be responsible for the cost of having his fingerprints taken. If such 34 fingerprints are taken, one copy shall be transmitted to the division of 35 criminal justice services in accordance with the rules and regulations 36 of the division of criminal justice services and one shall remain on 37 file in the office of the commission. No such fingerprint may be 38 inspected by any person, other than a peace officer, except on order of 39 a judge or justice of a court of record. The division is hereby author- 40 ized to transmit criminal history information to the commission for the 41 purposes of this paragraph. The information obtained by any such fing- 42 erprint examination shall be for the guidance of the commission in the 43 exercise of its discretion in granting or withholding the license. The 44 commission shall provide such applicant with a copy of his or her crimi- 45 nal history record, if any, together with a copy of article twenty- 46 three-A of the correction law, and inform such applicant of his or her 47 right to seek correction of any incorrect information contained in such 48 record pursuant to regulations and procedures established by the divi- 49 sion of criminal justice services. All determinations to issue, renew, 50 suspend or revoke a license shall be made in accordance with subdivision 51 sixteen of section two hundred ninety-six of the executive law and arti- 52 cle twenty-three-A of the correction law. 53 9. Standards for the issuance of licenses. (a) If in the judgment of 54 the commission the financial responsibility, experience, character and 55 general fitness of an applicant, including in the case of corporations 56 its officers and stockholders, are such that the participation of suchA. 1981 7 1 applicant will be consistent with the best interests of combative 2 sports, the purposes of this section including the safety of profes- 3 sional combative sports participants, and in the public interest, 4 convenience or necessity, the commission shall grant a license in 5 accordance with the provisions contained in this subdivision. 6 (b) Any professional combative sports participant applying for a 7 license or renewal of a license under this subdivision shall undergo a 8 comprehensive physical examination including clinical neurological and 9 neuropsychological examinations by a physician approved by the commis- 10 sion. If, at the time of such examination, there is any indication of 11 brain injury, or for any other reason the physician deems it appropri- 12 ate, the professional combative sports participant shall be required to 13 undergo further neurological and neuropsychological examinations by a 14 neurologist including, but not limited to, a computed tomography or 15 medically equivalent procedure. The commission shall not issue a license 16 to a professional combative sports participant until such examinations 17 are completed and reviewed by the commission. The results of all such 18 examinations herein required shall become a part of the professional 19 combative sports participant's permanent medical record as maintained by 20 the commission. The cost of all such examinations called for in this 21 subdivision shall be assumed by the state if such examinations are 22 performed by a physician or neurologist approved by the commission. 23 (c) Any professional combative sports participant licensed under this 24 chapter shall, as a condition of licensure, waive right of confidential- 25 ity of medical records relating to treatment of any physical condition 26 which relates to his ability to fight. All medical reports submitted to, 27 and all medical records of the medical advisory board or the commission 28 relative to the physical examination or condition of combative sports 29 participants shall be considered confidential, and shall be open to 30 examination only to the commission or its authorized representative, to 31 the licensed participant, manager or chief second upon written applica- 32 tion to examine said records, or upon the order of a court of competent 33 jurisdiction in an appropriate case. 34 10. Financial interest in professional combative sports participants 35 prohibited. No entity shall have, either directly or indirectly, any 36 financial interest in a professional combative sports participant 37 competing on premises owned or leased by the entity, or in which such 38 entity is otherwise interested except pursuant to the specific written 39 authorization of the commission. 40 11. Payments not to be made before contests. No professional combative 41 sports participant shall be paid for services before the contest, and 42 should it be determined by the commission that such participant did not 43 give an honest exhibition of his skill, such service shall not be paid 44 for. 45 12. Sham or collusive events. (a) Any person, including any corpo- 46 ration and the officers thereof, any physician, limited liability compa- 47 ny, referee, judge, professional combative sports participant, manager, 48 trainer or chief second, who shall promote, conduct, give or participate 49 in any sham or collusive professional combative sports match or exhibi- 50 tion, shall be deprived of his license by the commission. 51 (b) No licensed entity shall knowingly engage in a course of conduct 52 in which professional combative sports matches or exhibitions are 53 arranged where one professional combative sports participant has skills 54 or experience significantly in excess of the other professional comba- 55 tive sports participant so that a mismatch results with the potential of 56 physical harm to the professional combative sports participant. If suchA. 1981 8 1 action occurs, the commission may exercise its powers to discipline 2 under subdivisions thirteen and fourteen of this section, provided that 3 nothing in this subdivision shall authorize the commission to intervene 4 or prohibit a professional combative sports match or exhibition solely 5 on the basis of the difference between respective participant's martial 6 arts disciplines. 7 13. Imposition of penalties for violations. Any entity, licensed under 8 the provisions of this section, that shall knowingly violate any rule or 9 order of the commission or any provision of this section, in addition to 10 any other penalty by law prescribed, shall be liable to a civil penalty 11 not exceeding five thousand dollars to be imposed by the commission, to 12 be sued for by the attorney general in the name of the people of the 13 state of New York if directed by the commission. The amount of the 14 penalty collected by the commission or recovered in any such action, or 15 paid to the commission upon a compromise as hereinafter provided, shall 16 be transmitted by the department of state into the state treasury and 17 credited to the general fund. The commission, for cause shown, may 18 extend the time for the payment of such penalty and, by compromise, may 19 accept less than the amount of such penalty as imposed in settlement 20 thereof. 21 14. Revocation or suspension of licenses. (a) Any license issued under 22 the provisions of this section may be revoked or suspended by the 23 commission for the reason therein stated, that the licensee has, in the 24 judgment of the commission, been guilty of an act detrimental to the 25 interests of combative sports generally or to the public interest, 26 convenience or necessity. 27 (b) Without otherwise limiting the discretion of the commission as 28 provided in this section, the commission may suspend or revoke a license 29 or refuse to renew or issue a license, if it shall find that the appli- 30 cant or participant: (1) has been convicted of a crime in any jurisdic- 31 tion; (2) is associating or consorting with any person who has or 32 persons who have been convicted of a crime or crimes in any jurisdiction 33 or jurisdictions; (3) has been guilty of or attempted any fraud or 34 misrepresentation in connection with combative sports; (4) has violated 35 or attempted to violate any law with respect to combative sports in any 36 jurisdiction or any rule, regulation or order of the commission, or 37 shall have violated any rule of combative sports which shall have been 38 approved or adopted by the commission, or has been guilty of or engaged 39 in similar, related or like practices; or (5) has not acted in the best 40 interest of mixed martial arts. All determinations to issue, renew, 41 suspend or revoke a license shall be made in accordance with subdivision 42 sixteen of section two hundred ninety-six of the executive law and arti- 43 cle twenty-three-A of the correction law as applicable. 44 (c) No such participant may, under any circumstances, compete or 45 appear in a professional combative sports match or exhibition within 46 ninety days of having suffered a knockout or technical knockout in any 47 such match or exhibition without clearance by the board, or within nine- 48 ty days of being rendered unconscious in any such match or exhibition 49 where there is evidence of head trauma as determined by the attending 50 commission physician and shall undergo such examinations as required 51 under paragraph (b) of subdivision twenty of this section. The profes- 52 sional combative sports participant shall be considered suspended from 53 professional combative sports matches or exhibitions by the commission 54 and shall forfeit his license to the commission during such period and 55 such license shall not be returned to the participant until the partic- 56 ipant has met all requirements, medical and otherwise, for reinstatementA. 1981 9 1 of such license. All such suspensions shall be recorded in the partic- 2 ipant's license by a commission official. 3 (d) The commission may at any time suspend, revoke or deny a partic- 4 ipant's license or temporary working permit for medical reasons at the 5 recommendation of the board. 6 (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if any other state 7 shall revoke a licensee's license to compete or appear in a professional 8 combative sports match or exhibition in that state based on a knowing 9 and intentional engagement in any prohibited practices of such state, 10 the commission may act to revoke any license to compete or appear in a 11 professional combative sports match or exhibition issued to such licen- 12 see pursuant to the provisions of this section. 13 (f) The commission may suspend any license it has issued by a dated 14 notice to that effect to the suspended licensee, mailed or delivered to 15 the licensee, and specifying the effective date and term of the suspen- 16 sion, provided however that the commission representative in charge of a 17 contest or exhibition may then and there temporarily suspend any license 18 issued by the commission without such notice. In the event of a tempo- 19 rary suspension, the commission shall mail or deliver the notice to the 20 suspended licensee within three business days after the temporary 21 suspension. In either case such suspension may be without any advance 22 hearing. Upon the receipt of such notice of suspension, the suspended 23 licensee may apply to the commission for a hearing on the matter to 24 determine whether such suspension should be rescinded. Such application 25 for a hearing must be in writing and must be received by the commission 26 within thirty days after the date of notice of suspension. The commis- 27 sion shall have the authority to revoke any license issued by it. Before 28 any license is so revoked, the licensee will be offered the opportunity 29 at a hearing held by or on behalf of the commission to show cause why 30 the license should not be revoked. The commission shall offer the oppor- 31 tunity for a hearing to an affected person before taking any final 32 action negatively affecting such person's individual privileges or prop- 33 erty granted by a license duly issued by the commission or a contract 34 approved by and filed with the commission. In all such hearings, licen- 35 sees and other witnesses shall testify under oath or affirmation, which 36 may be administered by any commissioner or authorized representative of 37 the commission actually present. The commission shall be the sole judge 38 of the relevancy and competency of testimony and other evidence, the 39 credibility of witnesses, and the sufficiency of evidence. Hearings may 40 be conducted by representatives of the commission in the discretion of 41 the commission. In such cases, the commission representatives conducting 42 the hearing shall submit findings of fact and recommendations to the 43 commission, which shall not be binding on the commission. 44 15. Advertising matter to state admission price. It shall be the duty 45 of every entity promoting or conducting a professional combative sports 46 match or exhibition subject to the provisions of this section to cause 47 to be inserted in each show card, bill, poster, newspaper advertisement 48 of any professional combative sports match or exhibition given by it, 49 the price of admission thereto. Violation of the provisions of this 50 subdivision shall subject the entity to a fine of one hundred dollars. 51 16. Tickets to indicate purchase price. All tickets of admission to 52 any such combative sports match or exhibition shall be controlled by the 53 provisions of article twenty-five of the arts and cultural affairs law. 54 It shall be unlawful for any entity to admit to such match or exhibition 55 a number of people greater than the seating capacity of the place where 56 such match or exhibition is held. Violation of this subdivision shall beA. 1981 10 1 a misdemeanor and shall be punishable as such and in addition shall 2 incur forfeiture of license. 3 17. Equipment of buildings for matches or exhibitions. All buildings 4 or structures used or intended to be used for holding or giving such 5 professional combative sports matches or exhibitions shall be properly 6 ventilated and provided with fire exits and fire escapes, and in all 7 manner conform to the laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to 8 buildings in the city, town or village where situated. 9 18. Age of participants and spectators. No person under the age of 10 eighteen years shall participate in any professional combative sports 11 match or exhibition, and no person under sixteen years of age shall be 12 permitted to attend as a spectator; provided, however, that a person 13 under the age of sixteen shall be permitted to attend as a spectator if 14 accompanied by a parent or guardian. 15 19. Regulation of conduct of matches or exhibitions. (a) Except for 16 championship matches, which shall not be more than five rounds, no 17 combative sports match or exhibition shall be more than three rounds in 18 length. No participant shall be allowed to participate in more than 19 three matches or exhibitions or compete for more than sixty minutes 20 within seventy-two consecutive hours. No participant shall be allowed 21 to compete in any such match or exhibition without wearing a mouthguard 22 and a protective groin cup. At each professional combative sports match 23 or exhibition, there shall be in attendance a duly licensed referee who 24 shall direct and control the same. Before starting such contest the 25 referee shall ascertain from each participant the name of his manager or 26 chief second, and shall hold such manager or chief second responsible 27 for the conduct of his assistant seconds during the progress of the 28 match or exhibition. The commission shall have the power in its 29 discretion to declare forfeited any prize, remuneration or purse, or any 30 part thereof, belonging to the participants or one of them, or the share 31 thereof of any manager or chief second if in its judgment, such partic- 32 ipant or participants are not honestly competing or the participant or 33 manager or chief second of a participant, as the case may be, has 34 committed an act in the premises in violation of any rule, order or 35 regulation of the commission. The amount so forfeited shall be paid 36 within forty-eight hours to the commission. There shall also be in 37 attendance, three duly licensed judges who shall at the termination of 38 each such combative sports match or exhibition render their decision. 39 The winner of such match or exhibition shall be determined in accordance 40 with a scoring system prescribed by the commission. Provided, however, 41 that a participant may terminate the contest by signalling to the refer- 42 ee that such participant submits to the opponent. 43 (b) The commission may by rule, regulation or order, require the pres- 44 ence of any medical equipment and personnel at each professional comba- 45 tive sports match or exhibition as is necessary or beneficial for the 46 safety and protection of the contestants; and may also require the pres- 47 ence of an ambulance or other apparatus at the site of any such match or 48 exhibition or the promulgation of an emergency medical plan in lieu 49 thereof. 50 (c) The commission shall prescribe by rule or regulation the responsi- 51 bilities of managers, trainers and chief seconds prior to, during and 52 after a combative sports match or exhibition in order to promote the 53 safety of the participants at all times. 54 (d) The commission shall require by rule or regulation that any 55 professional combative sports participant licensed under this section 56 present to a designated commission official, before each match or exhi-A. 1981 11 1 bition in which he fights in this state, a license which shall include 2 but not be limited to the following information: (1) the participant's 3 name, photograph, social security number, date of birth, and other iden- 4 tifying information; (2) the participant's prior match or exhibition 5 history including the dates, location, and decision of such matches or 6 exhibitions; and (3) the participant's medical history, relating to any 7 physical condition, medical test or procedure which relates to his abil- 8 ity to fight, and a record of all medical suspensions. 9 20. Examination by physician; cost. (a) All participants must be exam- 10 ined by a physician designated by the commission before entering the 11 ring and each such physician shall immediately file with the commission 12 a written report of such examination. The cost of any such examination, 13 as prescribed by a schedule of fees established by the commission, shall 14 be paid by the entity conducting the match or exhibition to the commis- 15 sion, which shall then pay the fee covering such cost to the examining 16 physician, in accordance with the rules of the commission. 17 (b) Any professional combative sports participant licensed or permit- 18 ted under this section rendered unconscious or suffering head trauma as 19 determined by the attending physician shall be immediately examined by 20 the attending commission physician and shall be required to undergo 21 neurological and neuropsychological examinations by a neurologist 22 including but not limited to a computed tomography or medically equiv- 23 alent procedure. Any participant so injured shall not appear in any 24 match or exhibition until results of such examinations are reviewed by 25 the commission. The results of all such examinations herein required 26 shall become a part of the participant's permanent medical records as 27 maintained by the commission and shall be used by the commission to 28 determine whether a participant shall be permitted to appear in any 29 future professional combative sports match or exhibition. The costs of 30 all such examinations called for in this paragraph shall be assumed by 31 the entity or promoter if such examinations are performed by a physician 32 approved by the commission. 33 (c) The commission may at any time require a licensed or permitted 34 participant to undergo a physical examination, including any neurologi- 35 cal or neuropsychological test or procedure. The cost of such exam shall 36 be assumed by the state. 37 21. Physician to be in attendance; powers of such physician. (a) It 38 shall be the duty of every entity licensed to conduct a combative sports 39 match or exhibition, to have in attendance at every match or exhibition 40 at least one physician designated by the commission as the rules shall 41 provide. The commission may establish a schedule of fees to be paid by 42 the licensee to cover the cost of such attendance. Such fees shall be 43 paid to the commission, which shall then pay such fees to the physicians 44 entitled thereto, in accordance with the rules of the commission. 45 (b) The physician shall terminate any professional combative sports 46 match or exhibition if in the opinion of such physician any participant 47 has received severe punishment or is in danger of serious physical inju- 48 ry. In the event of any serious physical injury, such physician shall 49 immediately render any emergency treatment necessary, recommend further 50 treatment or hospitalization if required, and fully report the entire 51 matter to the commission within twenty-four hours and if necessary, 52 subsequently thereafter. Such physician may also require that the 53 injured participant and his manager or chief second remain in the ring 54 or on the premises or report to a hospital after the contest for such 55 period of time as such physician deems advisable.A. 1981 12 1 (c) Such physician may enter the ring at any time during a profes- 2 sional combative sports match or exhibition and may terminate the match 3 or exhibition if in his opinion the same is necessary to prevent severe 4 punishment or serious physical injury to a participant. 5 22. Bond. Before a license shall be granted to an entity to conduct a 6 professional combative sports match or exhibition, the applicant shall 7 execute and file with the comptroller a bond in an amount to be deter- 8 mined by the commission, to be approved as to form and sufficiency of 9 sureties thereon by the comptroller, conditioned for the faithful 10 performance by such entity of the provisions of this section and the 11 rules and regulations of the commission, and upon the filing and 12 approval of such bond the comptroller shall issue to such applicant a 13 certificate of such filing and approval, which shall be by such appli- 14 cant filed in the office of the commission with its application for 15 license, and no such license shall be issued until such certificate 16 shall be filed. In case of default in such performance, the commission 17 may impose upon the delinquent a penalty in the sum of not more than one 18 thousand dollars for each offense, which may be recovered by the attor- 19 ney general in the name of the people of the state of New York in the 20 same manner as other penalties are recovered by law; any amount so 21 recovered shall be paid into the treasury. 22 23. Bond for purses, salaries and other expenses. In addition to the 23 bond required by subdivision twenty-two of this section, each applicant 24 for a license to conduct professional combative sports matches or exhi- 25 bitions shall execute and file with the comptroller a bond in an amount 26 to be determined by the commission to be approved as to form and suffi- 27 ciency of sureties thereon by the comptroller, conditioned for and guar- 28 anteeing the payment of professional combative sports participants' 29 purses, salaries of club employees licensed by the commission, and the 30 legitimate expenses of printing tickets and all advertising material. 31 24. Duty to provide insurance for licensed professional combative 32 sports participants. (a) All entities having licenses as promoters 33 shall continuously provide insurance for the protection of licensed 34 professional combative sports participants, appearing in professional 35 combative sports matches or exhibitions. Such insurance coverage shall 36 provide for reimbursement to the licensed athlete for medical, surgical 37 and hospital care, with a minimum limit of fifty thousand dollars for 38 injuries sustained while participating in any program operated under the 39 control of such licensed promoter and for a payment of one hundred thou- 40 sand dollars to the estate of any deceased athlete where such death is 41 occasioned by injuries received during the course of a match or exhibi- 42 tion in which such licensed athlete participated under the promotion or 43 control of any licensed promoter. The commission may from time to time, 44 in its discretion, increase the amount of such minimum limits. 45 (b) The failure to pay premiums on such insurance as is required by 46 paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall be cause for the suspension or 47 the revocation of the license of such defaulting promoter. 48 25. Notice of contest; collection of tax. (a) Every entity holding any 49 professional combative sports match or exhibition for which an admission 50 fee is charged or received, shall notify the athletic commission ten 51 days in advance of the holding of such contest. All tickets of admission 52 to any such match or exhibition shall be procured from a printer duly 53 authorized by the state athletic commission to print such tickets and 54 shall bear clearly upon the face thereof the purchase price and location 55 of same. An entity failing to fully comply with this section shall be 56 subject to a penalty of five hundred dollars to be collected by and paidA. 1981 13 1 to the department of state. An entity is prohibited from operating any 2 matches or exhibitions until all penalties due pursuant to this subdivi- 3 sion and taxes, interest and penalties due pursuant to article nineteen 4 of the tax law have been paid. 5 (b) Pursuant to direction by the commissioner of taxation and finance, 6 employees or officers of the athletic commission shall act as agents of 7 the commissioner of taxation and finance to collect the tax imposed by 8 article nineteen of the tax law. The athletic commission shall provide 9 the commissioner of taxation and finance with such information and tech- 10 nical assistance as may be necessary for the proper administration of 11 such tax. 12 26. Regulation of judges. (a) Judges for any professional combative 13 sports match or exhibition under the jurisdiction of the commission 14 shall be selected by the commission from a list of qualified licensed 15 judges maintained by the commission. 16 (b) Any professional combative sport participant, manager or chief 17 second may protest the assignment of a judge to a professional combative 18 sports match or exhibition and the protesting professional combative 19 sports participant, manager or chief second may be heard by the commis- 20 sion or its designee if such protest is timely. If the protest is 21 untimely it shall be summarily rejected. 22 (c) Each person seeking to be licensed as a judge by the commission 23 shall be required to submit to or provide proof of an eye examination 24 and annually thereafter on the anniversary of the issuance of the 25 license. Each person seeking to be a professional combative sports judge 26 in the state shall be certified as having completed a training program 27 as approved by the commission and shall have passed a written examina- 28 tion approved by the commission covering aspects of professional comba- 29 tive sports including, but not limited to, the rules of the sport, the 30 law of the state relating to the commission, and basic first aid. The 31 commission shall establish continuing education programs to keep licen- 32 sees current on areas of required knowledge. 33 (d) Each person seeking a license to be a professional combative 34 sports judge in this state shall be required to fill out a financial 35 questionnaire certifying under penalty of perjury full disclosure of the 36 judge's financial situation on a questionnaire to be promulgated by the 37 commission. Such questionnaire shall be in a form and manner approved by 38 the commission and shall provide information as to areas of actual or 39 potential conflicts of interest as well as appearances of such 40 conflicts, including financial responsibility. Within forty-eight hours 41 of any professional combative sports match or exhibition, each combative 42 sports judge shall file with the commission a financial disclosure 43 statement in such form and manner as shall be acceptable to the commis- 44 sion. 45 (e) Only a person licensed by the commission may judge a professional 46 combative sports match or exhibition. 47 27. Training facilities. (a) The commission may, in its discretion and 48 in accordance with regulations adopted by the commission to protect the 49 health and safety of professional combative sport participants in train- 50 ing, issue a license to operate a training facility providing contact 51 sparring maintained either exclusively or in part for the use of profes- 52 sional combative sport participants. The regulations of the commission 53 shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects to protect 54 the health and safety of professional combative sport participants: 55 (1) requirements for first aid materials to be stored in an accessible 56 location on the premises and for the presence on the premises of aA. 1981 14 1 person trained and certified in the use of such materials and procedures 2 for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation at all times during which the facili- 3 ty is open for training purposes; 4 (2) prominent posting adjacent to an accessible telephone of the tele- 5 phone number for emergency medical services at the nearest hospital; 6 (3) clean and sanitary bathrooms, shower rooms, locker rooms and food 7 serving and storage areas; 8 (4) adequate ventilation and lighting of accessible areas of the 9 training facility; 10 (5) establishment of a policy concerning the restriction of smoking in 11 training areas, including provisions for its enforcement by the facility 12 operator; 13 (6) compliance with state and local fire ordinances; 14 (7) inspection and approval of rings as required by subdivision thirty 15 of this section; and 16 (8) establishment of a policy for posting all commission license 17 suspensions and license revocations received from the commission includ- 18 ing provisions for enforcement of such suspensions and revocations by 19 the facility operator. 20 (b) A prospective licensee shall submit to the commission proof that 21 it can furnish suitable facilities in which the training is to be 22 conducted, including the making of such training facilities available 23 for inspection by the commission at any time during which training is in 24 progress. 25 28. Temporary training facilities. Any training facility providing 26 contact sparring established and maintained on a temporary basis for the 27 purpose of preparing a professional combative sport participant for a 28 specific professional combative sports match or exhibition to be 29 conducted, held or given within the state of New York shall be exempt 30 from this act insofar as it concerns the licensing of such facilities 31 if, in the judgment of the commission, establishment and maintenance of 32 such facility will be consistent with the purposes and provisions of 33 this chapter, the best interests of professional combative sports gener- 34 ally, and the public interest, convenience or necessity. 35 29. Weights; classes and rules. The weights and classes of combative 36 sport participants and the rules and regulations of professional comba- 37 tive sports shall be prescribed by the commission. 38 30. Rings or fighting areas. No professional combative sports match 39 or exhibition or training activity shall be permitted in any ring or 40 fighting area unless such ring or fighting area has been inspected and 41 approved by the commission. The commission shall prescribe standard 42 acceptable size and quality requirements for rings or fighting areas and 43 appurtenances thereto. 44 31. Misdemeanor. Any entity who intentionally, directly or indirectly 45 conducts, holds or gives a professional combative sports match or exhi- 46 bition or participates either directly or indirectly in any such match 47 or exhibition as a referee, judge, corporation treasurer, professional 48 combative sports participant, manager, promoter, trainer or chief 49 second, without first having procured an appropriate license or permit 50 as prescribed in this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. 51 § 3. Chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 relating to the regulation of 52 boxing, sparring and wrestling, is amended by adding a new section 5-b 53 to read as follows: 54 § 5-b. New York mixed martial arts injury compensation fund, inc. 1. 55 There is created a not-for-profit corporation to be known as the New 56 York mixed martial arts injury compensation fund, inc. and referred toA. 1981 15 1 in this section as "the fund". To the extent that the provisions of the 2 not-for-profit corporation law do not conflict with the provisions of 3 this act, or the plan of operation of the fund hereunder, the not-for- 4 profit corporation law shall apply to the fund and the fund shall be a 5 type C corporation pursuant to the not-for-profit corporation law. If an 6 applicable provision of this act or the plan of operation of the fund 7 hereunder relates to a matter embraced in a provision of the not-for- 8 profit corporation law but is not in conflict therewith, both provisions 9 shall apply. The fund shall perform its functions under the plan of 10 operation established and approved under this section and shall exercise 11 its powers through the state athletic commission who shall develop 12 regulations as to the make-up of the fund's board of directors. 13 2. (a) The board of directors shall consist of seven members, six of 14 whom are to be selected from the general membership of the fund in a 15 manner and for terms to be prescribed by the initial fund board. For the 16 purposes of establishing and organizing the fund, at least one hundred 17 fifty days prior to the date that this section shall take effect, the 18 boards of directors of the mixed martial arts organizations, represent- 19 ing at least fifty-one percent of the mixed martial arts matches utiliz- 20 ing facilities of any mixed martial arts venue in the state of New York, 21 shall designate six members who shall serve as the initial board of 22 directors of the fund. The seventh member shall be elected every two 23 years on the second Tuesday of June, or as designated by the fund, 24 pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subdivision by a vote of mixed martial 25 arts contestants duly licensed pursuant to section five-a of this act. 26 The members of the board shall elect annually from the members a chair- 27 person and a vice-chairperson who shall act as chairperson in the 28 absence of the chairperson. Each member of the board of directors shall 29 have equal voting rights with the others. 30 (b) (1) The election of the seventh board member shall be conducted by 31 an election administrator selected by the fund no later than November 32 fifteenth of the year preceding the election. The fund shall inform the 33 state athletic commission of its selection thereof. The fund shall enter 34 into a contract with the election administrator at least one hundred 35 twenty days prior to the date of the election. The fund shall be respon- 36 sible for costs associated with the contract with the election adminis- 37 trator. 38 (2) The election administrator may be the individual, organization, or 39 corporation under contract with the fund to provide management services 40 as of November fifteenth of the year preceding the election. The 41 election administrator shall devise and provide nominating petitions to 42 candidates, shall validate such petitions upon submittal by verifying 43 the eligibility of the mixed martial arts contestants to sign such 44 petitions, and shall be responsible for the printing, dissemination, 45 validation, and tabulation of ballots for such election. The state 46 athletic commission shall provide a list of all duly licensed mixed 47 martial arts contestants in the state of New York to the fund for 48 purposes of validating nominating petitions and ballots. The election 49 administrator shall report the results of the election to the state 50 athletic commission, which shall then certify the election of the 51 seventh board member. 52 (3) Any individual seeking election pursuant to this subdivision shall 53 provide a nominating petition containing the signatures of no fewer than 54 ten duly licensed mixed martial arts contestants eligible to sign such 55 petition. To be eligible to sign such petition, a mixed martial arts 56 contestant shall possess a valid license issued by the state athleticA. 1981 16 1 commission as of March first in the year of the election. Such petitions 2 may be signed by eligible mixed martial arts contestants beginning April 3 first of an election year and shall be returned to the election adminis- 4 trator for validation no later than the first Monday of May of an 5 election year. If a mixed martial arts contestant's license expires 6 between March second and the first Monday of May and has not been 7 renewed by the latter date, the election administrator shall invalidate 8 such mixed martial arts contestant's signature on the nominating peti- 9 tion so submitted. 10 (4) To be eligible to vote in the election, mixed martial arts contes- 11 tants and apprentice mixed martial arts contestants must possess a valid 12 mixed martial arts contestant's license at least thirty days prior to 13 the date of the election. If such mixed martial arts contestant's 14 license expires during the thirty days preceding the election and such 15 license has not been renewed as of the date of the election, such mixed 16 martial arts contestant shall not be eligible to vote. 17 (5) If, following an election of the seventh board member, such member 18 is unable to discharge his or her duties as a board member or is other- 19 wise unable to complete his or her term, the fund's chairperson shall 20 offer the seventh board member's position to the candidate who received 21 the highest total number of votes following that received by the elected 22 board member during the election. If such candidate declines to accept 23 such position, the chairperson shall offer the position to each remain- 24 ing candidate in descending order of the total number of votes received 25 by each such candidate during the election until a candidate has 26 accepted the position. If none of the remaining candidates has accepted 27 the position, the chairperson may appoint an interim member to the posi- 28 tion for such time as intervenes until a new seventh board member is 29 elected. 30 3. Members of the board of directors shall serve without compensation 31 for their services, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual 32 and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official 33 duties. 34 4. Members of the board of directors, except as otherwise provided by 35 law, may engage in private employment, or in a profession or business. 36 5. The affirmative vote of four members of the board of directors 37 shall be necessary for the transaction of any business or the exercise 38 of any power or function of the fund. The fund may delegate to one or 39 more of its members, or its officers, agents or employees, such powers 40 and duties as it may deem proper. 41 6. The fund shall secure health insurance coverage on a blanket basis 42 for the benefit of all professional mixed martial arts contestants who 43 participate in and sustain physical injury as a result of participating 44 in a New York state sanctioned mixed martial arts event and cover 45 liabilities regardless of any length of time between a sanctioned match 46 and the discovery of injury. 47 7. In order to pay the costs of the insurance required by this section 48 and to carry out its other powers and duties and to pay for any of its 49 liabilities the fund shall ascertain the total funding necessary and 50 establish the sums that are to be paid by all mixed martial arts organ- 51 izations licensed or required to be licensed under section five-a of 52 this act to obtain the total funding amount required annually. In order 53 to provide that any sum required to be paid by an organization be equi- 54 table, the fund shall establish payment schedules which reflect such 55 factors as are appropriate, including where applicable, the duration of 56 such participation, the amount of any purse earnings, the number ofA. 1981 17 1 mixed martial arts contestants involved, or such other factors as the 2 fund shall determine to be fair, equitable and in the best interests of 3 mixed martial arts. In no event shall the amount deducted from an 4 owner's share exceed five per centum of the overall take. In the cases 5 of multiple ownerships the fund shall equitably adjust the sum required. 6 8. (a) The fund shall submit to the state athletic commission a plan 7 of operation and any amendments thereto necessary or suitable to assure 8 the fair, reasonable and equitable administration of the fund. Such 9 amendments, if any, relating to the assessment of the costs of insurance 10 for the subsequent year, other than deficiency assessments, shall be 11 submitted to the board no later than November fifteenth of each year. 12 The plan of operation and any amendments thereto shall become effective 13 upon approval in writing by the board, and shall be published by the 14 fund upon such approval in one or more trade publications likely to be 15 obtained by owners. 16 (b) If the fund fails to submit a suitable plan of operation within 17 one hundred eighty days following the effective date of this section or 18 if at any time thereafter the fund fails to submit suitable amendments 19 to the plan, the board shall, after notice and hearing, adopt and 20 promulgate such reasonable rules as are necessary or advisable to effec- 21 tuate the provisions of this section. Such rules shall continue in force 22 until modified by the board or superseded by a plan submitted by the 23 fund and approved by the board. 24 (c) The plan of operation shall constitute the by-laws of the fund and 25 shall, in addition to requirements enumerated elsewhere in this section: 26 (1) Establish procedures for handling the assets of the fund. 27 (2) Establish regular places and times for meetings of the board of 28 directors. 29 (3) Establish procedures for records to be kept of all financial tran- 30 sactions of the fund, its agents and the board of directors. 31 (4) Establish a formula for determining the appropriate amount of the 32 assessments under this section. 33 (5) Establish the rules and procedures to govern the conduct of an 34 election held pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision two of this 35 section. 36 (6) Contain such additional provisions as the board or fund may deem 37 necessary or proper for the execution of the powers and duties of the 38 fund. 39 9. The fund shall be subject to examination and regulation by the 40 state comptroller. The fund shall submit to the board not later than May 41 first of each year, a financial report for the preceding calendar year 42 in a form approved by the board and a report of its activities during 43 the preceding calendar year. Such report shall be delivered to the 44 speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the assembly, the tempo- 45 rary president of the senate and the minority leader of the senate. 46 10. The fund shall be exempt from payment of all fees and all taxes 47 levied by this state or any of its subdivisions, except taxes levied on 48 real property. 49 11. The fund shall purchase such insurance as necessary to protect any 50 director, officer, agent or other representative from liability. 51 12. The fund and the state athletic commission shall have such power 52 as is necessary to implement the provisions of this section. 53 13. It shall be presumed any mixed martial artist who participates in 54 a New York state sanctioned event and receives any form of neurological 55 damage during the course of his or her lifetime, that the damage was the 56 direct causation of the sanctioned match and is entitled to the fullA. 1981 18 1 benefits of the fund over the course of his or her lifetime for all 2 necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation. 3 § 4. Section 6 of chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 relating to the 4 regulation of boxing, sparring and wrestling, as amended by chapter 437 5 of the laws of 2002 and subdivision 1 as designated and subdivision 2 as 6 added by chapter 673 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: 7 § 6. Jurisdiction of commission. 1. The commission shall have and 8 hereby is vested with the sole direction, management, control and juris- 9 diction over all such boxing and sparring matches or exhibitions or 10 professional combative sports matches or exhibitions to be conducted, 11 held or given within the state of New York and over all licenses to any 12 and all persons who participate in such boxing or sparring matches or 13 exhibitions or professional combative sports matches or exhibitions and 14 over any and all gyms, clubs, training camps and other organizations 15 that maintain training facilities providing contact sparring for persons 16 who prepare for participation in such boxing or sparring matches or 17 exhibitions or professional combative sports matches or exhibitions, and 18 over the promotion of professional wrestling exhibitions or professional 19 combative sports matches or exhibitions to the extent provided for in 20 sections 5, 9, 19, 20, 28-a, 28-b and 33 of this act, except as other- 21 wise provided in this act. 22 2. The commission is authorized and directed to require that all sites 23 wherein boxing, sparring and wrestling matches and exhibitions or 24 professional combative sports matches or exhibitions are conducted shall 25 comply with state and applicable local sanitary codes appropriate to 26 school athletic facilities. 27 § 5. Subdivision 3 of section 2 of the workers' compensation law, as 28 amended by chapter 392 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as 29 follows: 30 3. "Employer," except when otherwise expressly stated, means a person, 31 partnership, association, corporation, and the legal representatives of 32 a deceased employer, or the receiver or trustee of a person, partner- 33 ship, association or corporation, having one or more persons in employ- 34 ment, including the state, a municipal corporation, fire district or 35 other political subdivision of the state, and every authority or commis- 36 sion heretofore or hereafter continued or created by the public authori- 37 ties law. For the purposes of this chapter only "employer" shall also 38 mean a person, partnership, association, corporation, and the legal 39 representatives of a deceased employer, or the receiver or trustee of a 40 person, partnership, association or corporation who delivers or causes 41 to be delivered newspapers or periodicals for delivering or selling and 42 delivering by a newspaper carrier under the age of eighteen years as 43 defined in section thirty-two hundred twenty-eight of the education law. 44 For the purpose of this chapter only, "employer" shall also mean a 45 person, partnership, association, or corporation who leases or otherwise 46 contracts with an operator or lessee for the purpose of driving, operat- 47 ing or leasing a taxicab as so defined in section one hundred forty- 48 eight-a of the vehicle and traffic law, except where such person is an 49 owner-operator of such taxicab who personally regularly operates such 50 vehicle an average of forty or more hours per week and leases such taxi- 51 cab for some portion of the remaining time, and except if the taxicab is 52 a livery subject to section eighteen-c of this chapter, in which case 53 the livery driver's employer shall only be such employer as is defined 54 in that section. For the purposes of this section only, such an owner- 55 operator shall be deemed to be an employer if he controls, directs,A. 1981 19 1 supervises, or has the power to hire or terminate such other person who 2 leases the vehicle. 3 Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter and for purposes 4 of this chapter only, "employer" shall mean, with respect to a jockey, 5 apprentice jockey or exercise person licensed under article two or four 6 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law performing services 7 for an owner or trainer in connection with the training or racing of a 8 horse at a facility of a racing association or corporation subject to 9 article two or four of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law 10 and subject to the jurisdiction of the New York state racing and wager- 11 ing board, The New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, Inc. and all 12 owners and trainers who are licensed or required to be licensed under 13 article two or four of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law 14 at the time of any occurrence for which benefits are payable pursuant to 15 this chapter in respect to the injury or death of such jockey, appren- 16 tice jockey or exercise person. 17 Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, and for purposes 18 of this chapter only, the employer of a black car operator, as defined 19 in article six-F of the executive law, shall, on and after the fund 20 liability date, as defined in such article, be the New York black car 21 operators' injury compensation fund, inc. created pursuant to such arti- 22 cle. 23 For the purpose of this chapter only, whether a livery base operating 24 in any locality where liveries must register with a local taxi and 25 limousine commission shall be deemed the "employer" of any livery driver 26 engaging in covered services shall be determined in accordance with 27 section eighteen-c of this chapter. 28 Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, and for purposes 29 of this chapter only, "employer" shall mean, with respect to a profes- 30 sional combative sports participant licensed under section five-a of 31 chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty for a 32 corporation, person or limited liability company licensed under such 33 section five-a and the New York mixed martial arts injury compensation 34 fund, inc. created pursuant to such chapter of the laws of nineteen 35 hundred twenty. 36 § 6. Subdivision 4 of section 2 of the workers' compensation law is 37 amended by adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows: 38 Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, and for purposes 39 of this chapter only, a professional combative sports participant 40 licensed under section five-a of chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws 41 of nineteen hundred twenty participating in combative sports for a 42 corporation, person or limited liability company licensed under such 43 section five-a shall be regarded as the "employee" not only for such 44 corporation, person or limited liability company, but shall instead be 45 conclusively presumed to be the "employee" of the New York mixed martial 46 arts injury compensation fund, inc., and also of all corporations, 47 persons or limited liability companies licensed or required to be 48 licensed under such section five-a at the time of any occurrence for 49 which benefits are payable pursuant to this chapter in respect of injury 50 or death of such sports participant. 51 § 7. Subdivision 5 of section 2 of the workers' compensation law is 52 amended by adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows: 53 Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, and for purposes 54 of this chapter only, a professional combative sports participant 55 licensed under section five-a of chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws 56 of nineteen hundred twenty participating in combative sports for aA. 1981 20 1 corporation, person or limited liability company licensed under such 2 section five-a shall be regarded as in the "employment" not solely of 3 such corporation, person or limited liability company but shall instead 4 be conclusively presumed to be in the "employment" of the New York mixed 5 martial arts injury compensation fund, inc. and of all such corpo- 6 rations, persons or limited liability companies who are licensed or 7 required to be licensed under such section five-a at the time of any 8 occurrence for which benefits are payable pursuant to this chapter in 9 respect of the injury or death of such professional combative sports 10 participant. 11 § 8. Section 11 of the workers' compensation law is amended by adding 12 a new closing paragraph to read as follows: 13 The liability under this chapter of the New York mixed martial arts 14 injury compensation fund, inc. created under section five-b of chapter 15 nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty shall be 16 limited to the provision of workers' compensation coverage to profes- 17 sional combative sports participants licensed under section five-a of 18 chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty and 19 any statutory penalties resulting from the failure to provide such 20 coverage. 21 § 9. Section 14-a of the workers' compensation law is amended by 22 adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows: 23 6. With respect to a professional combative sports participant 24 licensed under section five-a of chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws 25 of nineteen hundred twenty who, pursuant to section two of this chapter, 26 is an employee of a corporation, person or limited liability company 27 licensed or required to be licensed under such section five-a and the 28 New York mixed martial arts injury compensation fund, inc., the corpo- 29 ration, person or limited liability company licensed for whom such 30 professional combative sports participant was performing services at the 31 time of the accident shall be solely responsible for the double payments 32 described in subdivision one of this section, to the extent such 33 payments exceed any amounts otherwise payable with respect to such 34 professional combative sports participant under any other section of 35 this chapter, and the New York mixed martial arts injury compensation 36 fund, inc. shall have no responsibility for such excess payments, unless 37 there shall be a failure of the responsible corporation, person or 38 limited liability company to pay such award within the time provided 39 under this chapter. In the event of such failure to pay and the board 40 requires the fund to pay the award on behalf of such corporation, person 41 or limited liability company who has been found to have violated this 42 section, the fund shall be entitled to an award against such corpo- 43 ration, person or limited liability company for the amount so paid which 44 shall be collected in the same manner as an award of compensation. 45 § 10. The workers' compensation law is amended by adding a new section 46 18-d to read as follows: 47 § 18-d. Notice: The New York mixed martial arts injury compensation 48 fund, inc. Wherever in this chapter it shall be required that notice be 49 given to an employer, except for claims involving section fourteen-a of 50 this article such notice requirement shall be deemed satisfied by giving 51 notice to the New York mixed martial arts injury compensation fund, 52 inc., in connection with an injury to a professional combative sports 53 participant licensed under section five-a of chapter nine hundred twelve 54 of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty who, pursuant to section two of 55 this chapter, is an employee of a corporation, person or limited liabil- 56 ity company licensed under section five-a of chapter nine hundred twentyA. 1981 21 1 of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty and of the fund. In a claim 2 involving section fourteen-a of this article such required notice shall 3 be given to the employing corporation, person or limited liability 4 company of the fund. 5 § 11. Section 50 of the workers' compensation law is amended by adding 6 a new subdivision 8-a to read as follows: 7 8-a. The requirements of section ten of this chapter regarding the 8 provision of workers' compensation insurance as to corporations, persons 9 or limited liability companies licensed under section five-a of chapter 10 nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty who are 11 employers under section two of this chapter are satisfied in full by 12 compliance with the requirements imposed upon corporations, persons or 13 limited liability companies by section five-b of chapter nine hundred 14 twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty, provided that in the 15 event double compensation, death benefits, or awards are payable with 16 respect to an injured employee under section fourteen-a of this chapter, 17 the corporation, person or limited liability company for whom the 18 injured professional combative sports participant licensed under section 19 five-a of chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred 20 twenty is performing services as a professional combative sports partic- 21 ipant so licensed at the time of the accident shall bear the sole 22 responsibility for the amount payable pursuant to such section four- 23 teen-a in excess of the amount otherwise payable under this chapter, 24 unless there shall be a failure of the responsible corporation, person 25 or limited liability company to pay such award within the time provided 26 under this chapter. In the event of such failure to pay and the board 27 requires the fund to pay the award on behalf of such corporation, person 28 or limited liability company who has been found to have violated such 29 section fourteen-a, the fund shall be entitled to an award against such 30 corporation, person or limited liability company for the amount so paid 31 which shall be collected in the same manner as an award of compensation. 32 Coverage directly procured by any corporation, person or limited liabil- 33 ity company for the purpose of satisfying the requirements of this chap- 34 ter with respect to employees of the corporation, person or limited 35 liability company shall not include coverage on any professional comba- 36 tive sports participant licensed under section five-a of chapter nine 37 hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty to the extent that 38 such professional combative sports participant is also covered under 39 coverage procured by the New York mixed martial arts injury compensation 40 fund, inc. pursuant to the requirements of section five-b of chapter 41 nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty, and to that 42 extent, coverage procured by the fund pursuant to the requirements of 43 chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty shall 44 be considered primary. 45 § 12. Subdivision 1 of section 451 of the tax law, as amended by 46 section 1 of part F of chapter 407 of the laws of 1999, is amended to 47 read as follows: 48 1. "Gross receipts from ticket sales" shall mean the total gross 49 receipts of every person from the sale of tickets to any professional or 50 amateur boxing, sparring or wrestling match or exhibition or any profes- 51 sional combative sports match or exhibition held in this state, and 52 without any deduction whatsoever for commissions, brokerage, distrib- 53 ution fees, advertising or any other expenses, charges and recoupments 54 in respect thereto. 55 § 13. Section 452 of the tax law, as amended by section 2 of part F of 56 chapter 407 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows:A. 1981 22 1 § 452. Imposition of tax. 1. On and after October first, nineteen 2 hundred ninety-nine, a tax is hereby imposed and shall be paid upon the 3 gross receipts of every person holding any professional or amateur 4 boxing, sparring or wrestling match or exhibition in this state. Such 5 tax shall be imposed on such gross receipts, exclusive of any federal 6 taxes, as follows: 7 (a) three percent of gross receipts from ticket sales, except that in 8 no event shall the tax imposed by this [ subdivision] paragraph exceed 9 fifty thousand dollars for any match or exhibition; 10 (b) three percent of gross receipts from broadcasting rights, except 11 that in no event shall the tax imposed by this [ subdivision] paragraph 12 exceed fifty thousand dollars for any match or exhibition. 13 2. On and after the effective date of this subdivision, a tax is here- 14 by imposed and shall be paid upon the gross receipts of every person 15 holding any professional combative sports match or exhibition in this 16 state. Such tax shall be imposed on such gross receipts, exclusive of 17 any federal taxes, as follows: 18 (a) eight and one-half percent of gross receipts from ticket sales; 19 and 20 (b) three percent of gross receipts from broadcasting rights, except 21 that in no event shall the tax imposed by this paragraph exceed fifty 22 thousand dollars for any match or exhibition. 23 § 14. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 24 have become a law; provided that section three of this act shall take 25 effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a 26 law; provided, further, that this act shall expire and be deemed 27 repealed 5 years after it shall take effect; provided, however, further, 28 that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any 29 rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its 30 effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or 31 before such effective date.