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March 27, 2007





ENGROSSED

SENATE BILL No. 557

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DIGEST OF SB 557 (Updated March 26, 2007 2:27 pm - DI 69)



Citations Affected: IC 25-9; IC 35-45; noncode.

Synopsis: Combative fighting. Defines "combative fighting". Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally: (1) participates in combative fighting commits unauthorized combative fighting, a Class C misdemeanor; and (2) promotes or organizes combative fighting commits unlawful promotion or organization of combative fighting, a Class A misdemeanor. Makes unlawful promotion or organization of combative fighting a Class D felony if, within the five years preceding the commission of the offense, the person had a prior unrelated conviction for unlawful promotion or organization of combative fighting. Requires the state boxing commission to adopt rules to define ultimate fighting, Ultimate Fighting Championships, mixed martial arts, martial arts, including jujutsu, karate, kickboxing, kung fu, and tae kwon do, and professional wrestling.

Effective: July 1, 2007.





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    January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Commerce, Public Policy & Interstate Cooperation.
    February 22, 2007, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
    February 26, 2007, read second time, ordered engrossed. Engrossed.
    February 27, 2007, read third time, passed. Yeas 42, nays 5.

HOUSE ACTION

    March 6, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.
    March 22, 2007, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
    March 26, 2007, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.





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March 27, 2007

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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ENGROSSED

SENATE BILL No. 557



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 25-9-1-4.5; (07)ES0557.2.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 25-9-1-4.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 4.5. In accordance with IC 35-45-18-1(b), the commission shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to define the following:
        (1) Ultimate fighting.
        (2) Ultimate Fighting Championships.
        (3) Mixed martial arts.
        (4) Martial arts, including the following:
            (A) Jujutsu.
            (B) Karate.
            (C) Kickboxing.
            (D) Kung fu.
            (E) Tae kwon do.
        (5) Professional wrestling.

SOURCE: IC 35-45-18; (07)ES0557.2.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 35-45-18 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE

JULY 1, 2007]:
     Chapter 18. Combative Fighting
    Sec. 1. (a) As used in this chapter, "combative fighting" (also known as "toughman fighting", "badman fighting", and "extreme fighting") means a match, contest, or exhibition that involves at least (2) contestants, with or without gloves or protective headgear, in which the contestants:
        (1) use their:
            (A) hands;
            (B) feet; or
            (C) both hands and feet;
        to strike each other; and
        (2) compete for a financial prize or any item of pecuniary value.
    (b) The term does not include:
        (1) a boxing or sparring match regulated under IC 25-9;
        (2) ultimate fighting, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5;
        (3) Ultimate Fighting Championships, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5;
        (4) mixed martial arts, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5;
        (5) martial arts, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5;
        (6) professional wrestling, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5; or
        (7) a match, contest, or game in which a fight breaks out among the participants as an unplanned, spontaneous event and not as an intended part of the match, contest, or game.
    Sec. 2. A person who knowingly or intentionally participates in combative fighting commits unlawful combative fighting, a Class C misdemeanor.

     Sec. 3. A person who knowingly or intentionally promotes or organizes combative fighting commits unlawful promotion or organization of combative fighting, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class D felony if, within the five (5) years preceding the commission of the offense, the person had a prior unrelated conviction under this section.

SOURCE: ; (07)ES0557.2.3. -->     SECTION 3. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007] IC 35-45-18-2 and IC 35-45-18-3, both as added by this act, apply only to crimes committed after June 30, 2007.