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S.B. 149






Sponsor: Ed P. Mayne

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions of the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill modifies:
             12          .    certain definitions;
             13          .    provisions related to unarmed self-defense; and
             14          .    exemptions to the chapter.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          13-33-102, as last amended by Chapter 9, Laws of Utah 2001, Second Special Session
             22          13-33-401, as enacted by Chapter 91, Laws of Utah 2001
             23          13-33-506, as enacted by Chapter 91, Laws of Utah 2001
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 13-33-102 is amended to read:
             27           13-33-102. Definitions.

             28          As used in this chapter:
             29          (1) "Bodily injury" means as defined in Section 76-1-601 .
             30          (2) "Commission" means the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission created in this
             31      chapter.
             32          (3) "Contest" means a live match, performance, or exhibition involving two or more
             33      persons engaged in unarmed combat.
             34          (4) "Contestant" means an individual who participates in a contest [for a cash purse in
             35      any amount or for a noncash purse with more than nominal value as defined by rule].
             36          (5) "Department" means the Department of Commerce.
             37          (6) "Director" means the director of the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission.
             38          (7) "Executive director" means the executive director of the Department of Commerce.
             39          (8) "Exhibition" means an engagement in which the participants show or display their
             40      skills without necessarily striving to win.
             41          (9) "Judge" means an individual qualified by training or experience to:
             42          (a) rate the performance of contestants;
             43          (b) score a contest; and
             44          (c) determine with other judges whether there is a winner of the contest or whether the
             45      contestants performed equally resulting in a draw.
             46          (10) "Manager" means an individual who represents a contestant for the purposes of
             47      obtaining matches, negotiating terms and conditions of the contract under which the contestant
             48      will engage in a contest, or arranging for a second for the contestant at a contest.
             49          (11) "Promoter" means a person who engages in producing or staging contests and
             50      promotions.
             51          (12) "Promotion" means a single contest or a combination of contests that occur during
             52      the same time at the same location and that is produced or staged by a promoter.
             53          (13) [(a)] "Purse" means any money, prize, remuneration, or any other valuable
             54      consideration a contestant receives or may receive for participation in a contest.
             55          [(b) "Purse" does not mean a trophy, medal, or similar object of nominal value as
             56      defined by rule that is received for participation in a contest.]
             57          (14) "Referee" means an individual qualified by training or experience to act as the
             58      official attending a contest at the point of contact between contestants for the purpose of:

             59          (a) enforcing the rules relating to the contest;
             60          (b) stopping the contest in the event the health, safety, and welfare of a contestant or
             61      any other person in attendance at the contest is in jeopardy; and
             62          (c) to act as a judge if so designated by the commission.
             63          (15) "Second" means an individual who attends a contestant at the site of the contest
             64      before, during, and after the contest in accordance with contest rules.
             65          (16) "Serious bodily injury" is as defined in Section 76-1-601 .
             66          (17) "Total gross receipts" means the amount of the face value of all tickets sold to a
             67      particular contest plus any sums received as consideration for holding the contest at a particular
             68      location.
             69          (18) "Ultimate fighting match" means a live match in which:
             70          (a) an admission fee is charged;
             71          (b) match rules permit contestants to use a combination of boxing, kicking, wrestling,
             72      hitting, punching, or other combative, contact techniques; and
             73          (c) match rules do not:
             74          (i) incorporate a formalized system of combative techniques against which a
             75      contestant's performance is judged to determine the prevailing contestant;
             76          (ii) divide a match into two or more equal and specified time periods for a match total
             77      of no more than 50 minutes; or
             78          (iii) prohibit contestants from:
             79          (A) using anything that is not part of the human body, except for boxing gloves, to
             80      intentionally inflict serious bodily injury upon an opponent through direct contact or the
             81      expulsion of a projectile;
             82          (B) striking a person who demonstrates an inability to protect himself from the
             83      advances of an opponent;
             84          (C) biting; or
             85          (D) direct, intentional, and forceful strikes to the eyes, groin area, adam's apple area of
             86      the neck, and temple area of the head.
             87          (19) (a) "Unarmed combat" means boxing or any form of competition in which a blow
             88      is usually struck which may reasonably be expected to inflict bodily injury.
             89          (b) "Unarmed combat" does not include a competition or exhibition between

             90      participants in which the participants engage in simulated combat for entertainment purposes.
             91          (20) "Unlawful conduct" means organizing, promoting, or participating in a contest
             92      which involves[: (a)] contestants that are not licensed under this chapter[; or].
             93          [(b) persons other than contestants, unless the contest is conducted in accordance with
             94      the standards and regulations of USA Boxing, Inc.]
             95          (21) "Unprofessional conduct" means:
             96          (a) entering into a contract for a contest in bad faith;
             97          (b) participating in any sham or fake contest;
             98          (c) participating in a contest pursuant to a collusive understanding or agreement in
             99      which the contestant competes in or terminates the contest in a manner that is not based upon
             100      honest competition or the honest exhibition of the skill of the contestant;
             101          (d) engaging in an act or conduct that is detrimental to a contest, including any foul or
             102      unsportsmanlike conduct in connection with a contest;
             103          (e) failing to comply with any limitation, restriction, or condition placed on a license;
             104      or
             105          (f) as further defined by rule by the commission.
             106          Section 2. Section 13-33-401 is amended to read:
             107           13-33-401. Jurisdiction of commission.
             108          (1) The commission has and is vested with the sole direction, management, control,
             109      and jurisdiction over all contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat to be conducted, held, or
             110      given within this state, and no contest or exhibition may be conducted, held, or given within
             111      this state except in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
             112          (2) Any contest involving a form of [Oriental] unarmed self-defense must be conducted
             113      pursuant to rules for that form which are approved by the commission before the contest is
             114      conducted, held, or given.
             115          Section 3. Section 13-33-506 is amended to read:
             116           13-33-506. Exemptions.
             117          The provisions of this chapter do not apply to:
             118          (1) any amateur contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat [or any combination
             119      thereof] conducted by or participated in exclusively by [any]:
             120          (a) a school[,] accredited by the Utah Board of Education;

             121          (b) a college[,] or university [or by] accredited by the United States Department of
             122      Education; or
             123          (c) any association or organization of a school, college, or university described in
             124      Subsections (1)(a) and (b), when each participant in the contests or exhibitions is a bona fide
             125      student in the school, college, or university; or
             126          (2) [exhibitions of Oriental unarmed self-defense in which no dangerous blow is
             127      intended to be struck] any contest or exhibition of unarmed combat conducted in accordance
             128      with the standards and regulations of USA Boxing, Inc.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-26-04 1:41 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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