posted on March 07, 2013 13:38
The legalization of mixed martial arts in New York State is one step closer to reality.
The state Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the UFC and other MMA organizations to hold events in the EmpireState.
The bill now heads to the state Assembly, where previous attempts to legalize MMA in New YorkState have died.
Supporters say allowing UFC into the state would bring a solid revenue stream to New York.
The state Conservative Party is calling for a full repeal of the NY SAFE Act.
Party leaders say amendments to the controversial gun control law are not enough, and they want the bill completely killed.
Conservative leaders say the bill "creates confusion and costly mandates...essentially stripping New Yorkers of their Second Amendment rights."
A group of state senators are working to boost agriculture in the Empire State.
The lawmakers have rolled out a package of bills that includes a proposal for a 2 percent cap on annual property tax assessments on farms and a rejection of Governor Cuomo's push to extend a current energy tax.
The lawmakers say more needs to be done to help the ag industry in New York, an industry they say is worth over $5 billion.