Substitute House Bill No. 5560
          Substitute House Bill No. 5560

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-117


AN   ACT   ESTABLISHING   THE  CONNECTICUT  BOXING
PROMOTION   COMMISSION   AND   CONCERNING   BOXING
REFEREES  AND  CERTAIN  TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE
BOXING STATUTES.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  21a-196  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) AS USED  IN  THIS  CHAPTER,  AS AMENDED BY
THIS   ACT,  AND   SECTION   12   OF   THIS   ACT,
"COMMISSIONER" MEANS THE  COMMISSIONER OF CONSUMER
PROTECTION.
    [(a)]  (b)  The   [Commissioner   of  Consumer
Protection] COMMISSIONER shall  have  sole control
of and jurisdiction  over  all  boxing exhibitions
and  wrestling  bouts  held,  conducted  or  given
within the state  by  any person or persons, club,
corporation or association,  except amateur boxing
exhibitions  or wrestling  bouts  held  under  the
supervision of any  school,  college or university
having an academic  course  of  study  or  of  the
recognized  athletic  association  connected  with
such  school, college  or  university  or  amateur
boxing exhibitions and  wrestling bouts held under
the auspices of  any  amateur athletic association
that has been determined by the commissioner to be
capable of ensuring  the  health and safety of the
participants; provided [that] the commissioner may
at any time  assume  jurisdiction over any amateur
boxing  exhibition  or   wrestling   bout   if  he
determines  that the  health  and  safety  of  the
participants    is    not    being    sufficiently
safeguarded.   The   commissioner    may   appoint
inspectors  who  shall,   on   the  order  of  the
commissioner,   represent  him   at   all   boxing
exhibitions and wrestling  bouts. The commissioner
may appoint a  secretary  who  shall  prepare  for
service such notices and papers as may be required
and perform such  other duties as the commissioner
directs.
    [(b)] (c) The  commissioner  or his authorized
representative may: (1)  Issue  subpoenas  to  any
person involved in  any matter under investigation
PURSUANT TO THIS  CHAPTER, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT;
(2) subpoena documentary  material relating to any
such matter; (3) administer an oath or affirmation
to any person,  or  (4) conduct hearings in aid of
any  SUCH  investigation,  provided  none  of  the
powers conferred by  this  chapter,  AS AMENDED BY
THIS  ACT,  shall  be  used  for  the  purpose  of
compelling any natural person to furnish testimony
or evidence which might tend to incriminate him or
subject him to  a  penalty  or  forfeiture. If any
person fails or refuses to obey any such subpoena,
the commissioner, after  giving  notice, may apply
to the superior court for the judicial district of
Hartford-New  Britain*  which   court,   after   a
hearing, may issue  an order requiring such person
to  obey  such   subpoena  or  any  part  of  such
subpoena. Any disobedience of a final order of any
court under this  section  shall  be  punished  as
contempt.
    [(c)] (d) The  commissioner shall [make] ADOPT
such regulations IN  ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 54 as
[he]   THE  COMMISSIONER   deems   necessary   and
desirable for the  conduct, supervision and safety
of boxing exhibitions,  including the licensing of
the sponsors and  the  participants of such BOXING
exhibitions, AND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION
OF THE SPORT  OF  BOXING IN THIS STATE, INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,  REGULATIONS  TO  IMPROVE THE
COMPETITIVENESS OF THE  SPORT  OF  BOXING  IN THIS
STATE RELATIVE TO  OTHER  STATES. Such regulations
shall require fees for the issuance of licenses to
such sponsors and participants as follows: (1) For
referees,  a fee  of  not  less  than  sixty-three
dollars;  (2)  for   matchmakers   and   assistant
matchmakers, a fee  of  not  less than sixty-three
dollars; (3) for  timekeepers,  a  fee of not less
than  thirteen  dollars;   (4)   for  professional
boxers, a fee  of  not less than thirteen dollars;
(5) for amateur  boxers,  a  fee  of not less than
three dollars; (6) for managers, a fee of not less
than sixty-three dollars;  (7) for trainers, a fee
of  not  less   than  thirteen  dollars;  (8)  for
seconds, a fee  of not less than thirteen dollars;
(9)  for  announcers,  a  fee  of  not  less  than
thirteen dollars; and (10) for promoters, a fee of
not less than two hundred fifty dollars.
    [(d)] (e) The  state,  acting  by  and  in the
discretion of the  commissioner,  may enter into a
contract with any  person for the services of such
person  acting  as   an   inspector  appointed  in
accordance with the provisions of this section.
    [(e)] (f) The  commissioner  may  disallow the
conduct of any  professional  wrestling bout if he
determines  that the  health  and  safety  of  the
participants    is    not    being    sufficiently
safeguarded.
    Sec.  2.  Section   21a-197   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As used in  this section and sections 21a-196,
AS AMENDED BY  SECTION  1  OF THIS ACT, 53-200 and
53-201 "amateur boxing  exhibition"  means [one] A
BOXING EXHIBITION which  is  no  longer than three
two-minute  rounds  in  which  no  contestant  has
received or is to receive, directly or indirectly,
any money, reward  or compensation either from the
expenses of any  amateur  boxing  program  or  the
expenses of training  or  for taking part therein.
No person shall  appear  as a contestant in [such]
AN  amateur  boxing  exhibition  unless  he  wears
protective headgear [,] AND boxing gloves WEIGHING
not less than  twelve  ounces, AND has not, WITHIN
TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF  SUCH EXHIBITION, appeared as
a  contestant [within  twenty-four  hours  or  who
prior  thereto]  IN   ANY   OTHER  AMATEUR  BOXING
EXHIBITION. NO PERSON SHALL APPEAR AS A CONTESTANT
IN AN AMATEUR BOXING EXHIBITION IF SUCH PERSON has
received any compensation  or  reward  in any form
for displaying, exercising,  or rendering services
of any kind  to  any  athletic organization, or to
any person or  persons,  as  trainer, coach [,] OR
instructor, or [who  otherwise] IF SUCH PERSON may
have been employed in any professional capacity by
reason of his athletic skill or knowledge. For the
purpose of this  section, a prize such as a medal,
trophy, watch, ring  or other jewelry, or articles
of  wearing  apparel   may   be   awarded  to  any
contestant  and shall  not  be  considered  money,
reward  or compensation.  Any  contestant  may  be
reimbursed with money for such reasonable expenses
as may be incurred by him in traveling to and from
such amateur boxing  exhibition,  subject  to  the
approval   of  the   [Commissioner   of   Consumer
Protection] COMMISSIONER. The  commissioner  shall
adopt regulations, in  accordance with chapter 54,
concerning the age  of the participants in amateur
boxing exhibitions.
    Sec.  3.  Section   21a-198   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The [Commissioner  of Consumer Protection]
COMMISSIONER may, in  his  discretion, issue [and,
at his pleasure, revoke any] A license to conduct,
hold or give  any boxing exhibition to any person,
persons, club, corporation  or association. Before
any such license  is  granted, the applicant shall
execute and file  with  the commissioner a bond in
such amount and  form  and  with such surety as is
determined by the  commissioner,  which bond shall
be conditioned for  the payment of the tax imposed
by section 21a-199,  AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 4 OF
THIS ACT. Upon  the  filing  and  approval of such
bond,  the  commissioner   shall   issue  to  such
applicant  a  certificate   of   such  filing  and
approval. [, which shall be filed in the office of
the commissioner with  the  application  for  such
license, and no  such]  NO license shall be issued
UNDER THIS SECTION  until  such [certificate] BOND
is filed.
    (b) THE COMMISSIONER  MAY,  IN HIS DISCRETION,
REVOKE ANY LICENSE  TO  CONDUCT,  HOLD OR GIVE ANY
BOXING EXHIBITION ISSUED  UNDER  THIS  SECTION FOR
CAUSE AS PROVIDED  IN  THIS CHAPTER, AS AMENDED BY
THIS ACT, OR  IN ANY REGULATION ADOPTED UNDER THIS
CHAPTER, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  IN ACCORDANCE
WITH CHAPTER 54.
    Sec.  4.  Section   21a-199   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any person or  combination of persons who, and
any club, corporation  or association which, holds
or promotes any  boxing  exhibition  or  wrestling
match or exercises any of the privileges conferred
by this chapter,  AS  AMENDED  BY THIS ACT, or the
regulations   adopted   [hereunder]   UNDER   THIS
CHAPTER, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  shall, within
twenty-four hours after  the determination of each
boxing exhibition or  wrestling  match: [, furnish
to the Commissioner  of  Consumer  Protection] (1)
FURNISH  TO  THE  COMMISSIONER  a  written  report
verified by such  person or combination of persons
or by the  treasurer  and  secretary of such club,
corporation  or association,  which  report  shall
include a statement  of the number of tickets sold
for such exhibition  or match, the amount of gross
receipts [thereof] FOR  SUCH  EXHIBITION  OR MATCH
and  such  other   [facts]   INFORMATION   as  the
commissioner prescribes; [, and shall also, within
said time,] AND  (2) pay to the commissioner a tax
of five per  cent  of  the  total  receipts  after
federal taxes have  been  deducted  from  the paid
admissions to such  boxing exhibition or wrestling
match, which tax  shall  be  paid  into  the State
Treasury.
    Sec.  5.  Section   21a-200   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    If  any  [such]   person   or  combination  of
persons, club, corporation or association fails to
make [such] A report of any contest AS REQUIRED BY
SECTION 21a-199, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 4 OF THIS
ACT, within the  time prescribed by [this chapter]
SECTION 21a-199, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 4 OF THIS
ACT,  or if  any  such  report  fails  to  include
sufficient  information,  the   [Commissioner   of
Consumer Protection] COMMISSIONER  may examine, or
cause to be examined, the books and records of any
such  person  or  combination  of  persons,  club,
corporation  or  association   and   subpoena  and
examine under oath such person or officers of such
club, corporation or association and other persons
for the purpose of determining the total amount of
such gross receipts  and  the  amount  of  tax due
pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  [this  chapter]
SECTION 21a-199, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 4 OF THIS
ACT, which tax he may thereupon fix and determine.
In case of  default  in  the  payment  of  any tax
ascertained BY THE COMMISSIONER to be due [, with]
AND  the  expenses   incurred   in   making   such
examination, for a  period  of  twenty  days after
notice to such delinquent person or combination of
persons, club, corporation  or  association,  such
delinquent shall forfeit  the license issued under
[this  chapter] SECTION  21a-198,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION 3 OF  THIS  ACT, and shall be disqualified
from receiving any new license [and] UNDER SECTION
21a-198, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT. SUCH
DELINQUENT shall also forfeit to the state the sum
of five hundred dollars.
    Sec.  6.  Section   21a-201   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any person who,  and the officers of any club,
corporation or association  which, sells or causes
to be sold  any ticket of admission for any BOXING
exhibition or WRESTLING  bout  in  excess  of  the
seating  capacity  of   the   room,  hall,  place,
building  or  structure   used   for  such  BOXING
exhibition or WRESTLING bout, shall, for the first
offense,  be  fined  not  more  than  two  hundred
dollars, which shall be paid to the state. [; for]
FOR a subsequent  offense,  the club, corporation,
association or person  or  persons  shall  forfeit
its, his or  their  license  ISSUED  UNDER SECTION
21a-198, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION  3  OF  THIS ACT,
shall  be  disqualified  from  receiving  any  NEW
license [thereafter] ISSUED UNDER SECTION 21a-198,
AS AMENDED BY  SECTION  3  OF  THIS ACT, and shall
forfeit to the  state  the  sum  of  five  hundred
dollars. [, and  the]  THE  officers  of  any such
club,  corporation  or   association,   for   such
subsequent offense, shall  be  fined not more than
two hundred dollars.
    Sec.  7.  Section   21a-202   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The price of admission and of the seats to any
BOXING exhibition conducted  under  the provisions
of this chapter,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, shall be
published in a  newspaper published and circulated
in the town,  city  or  borough  where such BOXING
exhibition is to be conducted, if any newspaper is
published in such  town,  city or borough, but, if
no newspaper is  published  in  such town, city or
borough,  such publication  shall  be  made  in  a
newspaper having a substantial circulation in such
town,  city  or   borough.   [,   and]   ANY  such
publication  shall  be  made  in  at  least  three
separate editions of such paper and in a space not
less than two INCHES by three inches in size.
    Sec.  8.  Section   21a-203   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    No boxing exhibition  shall  consist  of  more
than fifteen rounds  and  each  round  shall be no
longer  than  three  MINUTES  nor  less  than  two
minutes in duration.  In  all  exhibitions,  if  a
contestant who has been knocked down arises before
the  count  of  ten  seconds,  the  referee  shall
complete  a count  of  eight  seconds  and  assure
himself that the  contestant  is  fit to continue.
The  referee  may,  in  his  discretion,  order  a
standing knockdown and  a mandatory eight count if
a contestant is  taking  a  severe  beating and is
apparently defenseless but  is  not  knocked down.
The standing knockdown  shall  be  treated  in all
respects, including scoring,  as  a  knockdown. No
boxing  exhibition shall  be  conducted  unless  a
referee approved by  the [Commissioner of Consumer
Protection]  COMMISSIONER  is  in  attendance  and
directs and controls the BOXING exhibition.
    Sec.  9.  Section   21a-205   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  No person  shall  engage  in  any  boxing
exhibition as a  boxer  until he has been examined
and found to  be  physically  fit  by  a competent
physician  approved  by   the   [Commissioner   of
Consumer  Protection]  COMMISSIONER,  licensed  to
practice under the  laws  of  this  state  and  in
practice in this  state  FOR  at  least two years.
Such  physician  shall   be   appointed   by   the
commissioner and shall be in attendance throughout
the BOXING exhibition  for  which such examination
was made. Such  physician shall certify in writing
that the contestant is physically fit to engage in
such [contest and  his  fee  as  decided  by said]
BOXING EXHIBITION. ANY  FEE FOR SUCH PHYSICIAN, AS
DETERMINED BY THE  commissioner,  shall be paid by
the person or  club,  corporation  or  association
conducting such BOXING exhibition.
    (b)  The  cost  of  any  physical  examination
required by this  chapter, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT,
or  regulations  adopted  [hereunder]  UNDER  THIS
CHAPTER, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, other than [that]
AN EXAMINATION required  by subsection (a), may be
assessed by the commissioner on any boxer examined
by a physician appointed by the commissioner or on
the  person,  club,   corporation  or  association
conducting the next BOXING exhibition in which the
contestant is scheduled to compete.
    Sec.  10.  Section   21a-206  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  person  acting   as  principal,  manager,
second,  promoter  or   matchmaker   receiving  or
accepting, directly or  indirectly,  any  money or
other  valuable  thing  from  any  boxer  for  any
special privilege or  for  discriminating  in  any
manner relating to  any BOXING exhibition shall be
subject  to  the  penalty  prescribed  in  section
21a-211.
    Sec.  11.  Section   21a-210  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    No  license  shall  be  issued  UNDER  SECTION
21a-198, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT, to
conduct, hold or give any boxing exhibition in any
town,  city  or  borough  which  has  adopted  any
ordinance  prohibiting boxing  exhibitions  within
its limits.
    Sec. 12. (NEW)  The  commissioner shall select
the referees for  any boxing exhibition conducted,
held or given  within  this  state, except amateur
boxing exhibitions held  under  the supervision of
any  school,  college   or  university  having  an
academic course of  study  or  of  the  recognized
athletic association connected  with  such school,
college   or   university    or   amateur   boxing
exhibitions held under the auspices of any amateur
athletic association that  has  been determined by
the commissioner to  be  capable  of  ensuring the
health and safety  of  the  participants. All such
referees shall be  licensed  by  the  commissioner
under chapter 419e  of  the  general  statutes, as
amended by this  act,  and the regulations adopted
by  the  commissioner   under   said  chapter,  in
accordance  with  chapter   54   of   the  general
statutes.
    Sec. 13. (NEW)  (a)  There  is established the
Connecticut  Boxing  Promotion   Commission  which
shall  be  within   the   Department  of  Consumer
Protection for administrative  purposes  only. The
commission shall consist of nine members, three to
be appointed by  the Governor, one to be appointed
by the speaker  of  the  House of Representatives,
one to be  appointed  by the president pro tempore
of the Senate, one to be appointed by the majority
leader of the  House of Representatives, one to be
appointed by the  majority  leader  of the Senate,
one to be  appointed by the minority leader of the
House of Representatives  and  one to be appointed
by the minority  leader of the Senate. The initial
appointments to the  commission  shall be made not
later than November  1,  1998. Notwithstanding the
provisions of subsection  (c)  of  section 4-9a of
the general statutes,  the terms of each member of
the commission shall  be coterminous with the term
of the appointing  authority  or until a successor
is  chosen, whichever  is  later.  The  appointing
authority shall fill any vacancy for the unexpired
portion of the  term.  Members  of  the commission
shall receive no  compensation for their services.
The commission shall  hold  at  least  one meeting
each quarter.
    (b) The commission  shall make recommendations
to  the Governor,  the  Commissioner  of  Consumer
Protection,  the  Commissioner   of  Economic  and
Community Development and  the  General  Assembly,
upon the request  thereof or at such time or times
as the commission  may  determine,  to  encourage,
develop and promote  the  sport  of boxing in this
state. Such recommendations shall include, but not
be  limited  to:  (1)  Identifying  any  legal  or
administrative impediments to  the  development of
the sport of boxing in this state; (2) identifying
ways to improve  state and local services designed
to support and  promote  boxing;  (3)  identifying
ways of developing  young  boxers  through amateur
boxing  clubs  and   other   programs;   and   (4)
developing  strategies  to   assist  promoters  of
small-scale professional boxing  events and to aid
in the development  of  a  market  for large-scale
professional boxing events in this state.

Approved May 22, 1998