February 23, 2007





SENATE BILL No. 557

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DIGEST OF SB 557 (Updated February 21, 2007 5:02 pm - DI 110)



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

Synopsis: Combative fighting. Defines "combative fighting." Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally promotes or participates in combative fighting commits unauthorized combative fighting, a Class D felony. Requires the state boxing commission to adopt rules to define ultimate fighting, Ultimate Fighting Championships, 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 23, 2007

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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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)SB0557.1.1. -->     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 ultimate fighting, Ultimate Fighting Championships, and professional wrestling.
SOURCE: IC 35-45-18; (07)SB0557.1.2. -->     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 or Ultimate Fighting Championships, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5;
        (3) professional wrestling, as defined by the state boxing commission in rules adopted under IC 25-9-1-4.5; or
        (4) 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 promotes or participates in combative fighting commits unlawful combative fighting, a Class D felony.

SOURCE: ; (07)SB0557.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007] IC 35-45-18-2, as added by this act, applies only to crimes committed after June 30, 2007.