Bill 84 in South Dakota is headed to the House of Representatives to see if the state will regulate combat sports such as MMA, boxing and kickboxing. The bill is being spearheaded by Senator Mark Johnston.
“The fact of the matter is that MMA is the fastest-growing sport in the world right now,” said Johnston.
Two-thirds of the House of Representatives are needed for the bill to stay alive. If they pass it, the governor has the option of signing it into law or vetoing it.
Today, February 25, the Senate Commerce and Energy committee voted unanimously to pass Bill 84, which would order the creation of a state athletic commission. The governor of the state, Dennis Daugaard, has expressed concerns about approving such sports. In 2009, South Dakota voted to create a boxing commission, but didn’t select commissioners. That law expired in July.