First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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     SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 557



     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)SE0557.1.1. -->
    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 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)SE0557.1.2. -->     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, 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)SE0557.1.3. -->     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.


SEA 557 _ Concur

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