PA 17-116—sHB 6266

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING BOXING EVENTS AND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MATCHES

SUMMARY: This act eliminates a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter's liability for the health care costs an MMA competitor incurs from an injury, illness, disease, or condition resulting from an MMA match, for the entire duration of the injury, illness, disease, or condition. It instead requires MMA promoters to provide liability insurance and death benefits at the same level that boxing promoters must provide under existing state regulations for boxers (Conn. Agencies Reg. 29-143j-15a). Specifically, MMA promoters must provide (1) insurance coverage of at least $20,000 for an injured competitor's medical, dental, surgical, and hospital care and (2) death benefits of at least $50,000 to the estate of a competitor who dies as a result of participating in an MMA match.

The act applies to any person, firm, or corporation that employs or contracts with someone to compete in an MMA match. It also codifies in statutes the above insurance and death benefit requirements for boxing and sparring promoters.

Additionally, the act eliminates (1) the 5% gross receipts tax that boxing and MMA promoters were required to pay under prior law, (2) the requirement for such promoters to file a surety bond with the emergency services and public protection commissioner as a condition of licensing, and (3) related reporting provisions on MMA and boxing matches and event receipts.

The act also makes conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

MMA

By law, MMA is unarmed combat involving a combination of techniques from different disciplines of martial arts, including grappling, kicking, jujitsu, and striking (CGS 29-143j (a)).