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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE BILL

No. 632 Session of 1983


        INTRODUCED BY MELLOW, SINGEL, O'CONNELL, FUMO, MUSTO AND FISHER,
           APRIL 13, 1983

        AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
           OCTOBER 19, 1983

                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending the act of August 31, 1955 (P.L.531, No.131), entitled
     2     "An act permitting and regulating wrestling and boxing
     3     contests and exhibitions; requiring licenses and permits;
     4     conferring powers and imposing duties upon the State Athletic
     5     Commission; providing for the granting, suspension, and
     6     revocation of licenses and permits issued by the Commission;
     7     preserving the rights of existing licensees and permittees;
     8     prescribing penalties, fines, forfeitures and misdemeanors;
     9     requiring bonds and insurance; creating a Medical Advisory
    10     Board; providing for rules and regulations; and making
    11     appropriations," regulating kick boxing; further regulating
    12     amateur boxing; establishing a State boxing register;
    13     providing for medical training seminars; requiring certain
    14     emergency medical equipment to be at situs of certain events;
    15     further providing for suspension; further defining referee's
    16     role in boxing contest; prohibiting tough guy contests or
    17     battle of the brawlers contests; and providing a penalty.

    18     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    19  hereby enacts as follows:
    20     SECTION 1.  SECTION 102 OF THE ACT OF AUGUST 31, 1955          <--
    21  (P.L.531, NO.131), KNOWN AS THE PENNSYLVANIA ATHLETIC CODE, IS
    22  AMENDED BY ADDING DEFINITIONS TO READ:
    23     SECTION 102.  DEFINITIONS; CONSTRUCTION.--THE FOLLOWING TERMS


     1  SHALL BE CONSTRUED WHEN USED IN THIS ACT TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING
     2  MEANINGS, EXCEPT IN THOSE INSTANCES WHERE THE CONTEXT CLEARLY
     3  INDICATES OTHERWISE:
     4     * * *
     5     "BOXING" SHALL MEAN THE ACT OF ATTACK AND DEFENSE WITH THE
     6  FISTS, PRACTICED AS A SPORT, SUBJECT TO RULES ADOPTED BY THE
     7  COMMISSION. THE TERM "BOXING" SHALL INCLUDE ALL VARIATIONS OF
     8  THE SPORT PERMITTING OR USING OTHER PARTS OF THE HUMAN BODY,
     9  INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOOT, KNEE, LEG, ELBOW OR
    10  HEAD.
    11     * * *
    12     "WRESTLING" SHALL MEAN A SPORT OR CONTEST OR EXHIBITION IN
    13  WHICH TWO UNARMED INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLE HAND TO HAND WITH EACH
    14  INDIVIDUAL ATTEMPTING TO SUBDUE OR UNBALANCE THE OPPONENT. THE
    15  TERM "WRESTLING" SHALL INCLUDE ALL VARIATIONS OF THE SPORT
    16  PERMITTING OR USING OTHER PARTS OF THE HUMAN BODY OR OTHER
    17  NATURAL OR MANMADE SUBSTANCES OR OBJECTS.
    18     SECTION 2.  SECTION 201 OF THE ACT, AMENDED MAY 24, 1956
    19  (1955 P.L.1693, NO.574), IS AMENDED TO READ:
    20     SECTION 201.  POWER OF COMMISSION TO CONTROL WRESTLING AND
    21  BOXING.--[THE] EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 103, THE COMMISSION
    22  IS HEREBY GRANTED SOLE DIRECTION, CONTROL AND JURISDICTION OVER
    23  ALL AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL BOXING AND WRESTLING CONTESTS AND
    24  EXHIBITIONS OR ANY VARIATIONS THEREOF HELD WITHIN THE
    25  COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, EXCEPT SUCH CONTESTS AND
    26  EXHIBITIONS AS ARE SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED FROM THE PROVISIONS OF
    27  THIS ACT.
    28     Section 1 3.  Section 202 of the act, of August 31, 1955       <--
    29  (P.L.531, No.131), known as the Pennsylvania Athletic Code,
    30  amended June 18, 1976 (P.L.393, No.85), is amended to read:
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     1     Section 202.  Boxing and Wrestling Regulated.--Amateur or
     2  professional boxing or wrestling contests or exhibitions
     3  including kick boxing shall be held within the Commonwealth of
     4  Pennsylvania only in accordance with the provisions of this act
     5  and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder. Such
     6  contests or exhibitions may be held on Sundays.
     7     Section 2 4.  Section 204 of the act, amended May 24, 1956     <--
     8  (1955 P.L.1693, No.574), is amended to read:
     9     Section 204.  Physician to be in Attendance.--A physician
    10  shall be assigned to every boxing or wrestling contest or
    11  exhibition by the Commission. He shall observe and continue to
    12  observe the physical condition of the participants and [advise
    13  the member of the Commission or deputy in charge and the referee
    14  in regard thereto.] be authorized to stop any contest or
    15  exhibition at any time to examine a contestant and to terminate
    16  a bout when in his judgment severe injury could result to a
    17  contestant if the contest or exhibition were to continue. The
    18  Commission shall establish by rule or regulation a schedule of
    19  fees to be paid such physicians for their services. The
    20  physician's fee shall be paid by the promoter of the contest or
    21  exhibition attended by the physician.
    22     Section 3 5.  The act is amended by adding sections to read:   <--
    23     Section 204.1.  Medical Training Seminars.--The Commission
    24  shall conduct frequent mandatory medical training seminars, at
    25  least three (3) per year for all ring personnel, Commission
    26  personnel and for other persons employed by the Commission and
    27  designated to attend.
    28     Section 204.2.  Register.--The Commission shall establish and
    29  maintain a register for all professional boxers licensed in
    30  Pennsylvania. The register shall include a photograph of the
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     1  boxer. In the register, the Commission shall record the results
     2  of each boxing contest or exhibition the boxer is involved in,
     3  including technical knockouts, knockouts and other boxing
     4  related injuries, as well as the dates of each contest or
     5  exhibition and the record of wins and losses.
     6     Section 204.3.  Medical Equipment.--No professional or
     7  amateur boxing event shall be started unless there is on the
     8  premises:
     9     (1)  an ambulance, together with emergency equipment; and
    10     (2)  a portable resuscitator with oxygen and appropriate
    11  endotracheal tubes, and a qualified operator.
    12     Section 204.4.  Suspension.--For sound medical reasons and to
    13  protect the individual boxers, the Commission shall establish
    14  mandatory license suspensions of those persons who sustain
    15  certain injuries. The Commission may suspend a boxer's license
    16  for up to sixty (60) days for a laceration of the face, up to
    17  thirty (30) days for a technical knockout with minor injuries
    18  and up to forty-five (45) days for head injuries. Boxers
    19  receiving a knockout may receive up to a ninety (90) day
    20  suspension and shall receive an EEG within twenty-four (24)
    21  hours of the knockout.
    22     Section 4 6.  Sections 208 and 210 of the act, amended May     <--
    23  24, 1956 (1955 P.L.1693, No.574), are amended to read:
    24     Section 208.  Gloves.--[When the boxers are [lighweights, as   <--
    25  defined in the regulations, or in a lighter class,] one hundred
    26  thirty-five (135) pounds or under, they shall wear boxing gloves  <--
    27  weighing not less than five (5) ounces each. When the boxers are
    28  over one hundred thirty-five (135) pounds but do not exceed one
    29  hundred sixty (160) pounds, they shall wear boxing gloves         <--
    30  weighing not less than six (6) ounces each. When the boxers are
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     1  [in a heavier class than lightweights,] over one hundred sixty
     2  (160) pounds, they shall wear boxing gloves weighing not less     <--
     3  than [six (6)] ten (10) ounces each.] THE TYPE, SIZE AND WEIGHT   <--
     4  OF GLOVES ARE TO BE REGULATED BY THE STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION.
     5     SSECTION 208.  GLOVES.--WHEN THE BOXERS ARE [LIGHTWEIGHTS, AS  <--
     6  DEFINED IN THE REGULATIONS, OR IN A LIGHTER CLASS,] ONE HUNDRED
     7  THIRTY-FIVE (135) POUNDS OR UNDER, THEY SHALL WEAR BOXING GLOVES
     8  WEIGHING NOT LESS THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES EACH. WHEN THE BOXERS ARE
     9  OVER ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE (135) POUNDS BUT DO NOT EXCEED ONE
    10  HUNDRED SIXTY (160) POUNDS, THEY SHALL WEAR BOXING GLOVES
    11  WEIGHING NOT LESS THAN SIX (6) OUNCES EACH. WHEN THE BOXERS ARE
    12  [IN A HEAVIER CLASS THAN LIGHTWEIGHTS,] OVER ONE HUNDRED SIXTY
    13  (160) POUNDS, THEY SHALL WEAR BOXING GLOVES WEIGHING NOT LESS
    14  THAN [SIX (6)] TEN (10) OUNCES EACH.
    15     Section 210.  Attendance of Referee and Judges; Scoring.--At
    16  each professional boxing contest or exhibition, except an
    17  exhibition held solely for training purposes, there shall be in
    18  attendance, at the expense of the promoter, a duly licensed
    19  referee designated by the Commission who shall direct and
    20  control the contest or exhibition.
    21     There shall also be in attendance at every boxing contest, at
    22  the expense of the promoter, [two (2)] three (3) licensed
    23  judges, each of whom shall[, together with the referee,] render
    24  his individual decision, in writing, on a scorecard supplied by
    25  the Commission at the end of every boxing contest which
    26  continues for the scheduled number of rounds. Each judge [and
    27  the referee] shall have one (1) vote and a majority of the votes
    28  cast shall determine the winner.
    29     The Commission shall by rule or regulation prescribe the
    30  methods of scoring.
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     1     Section 5 7.  The act is amended by adding a section to read:  <--
     2     Section 223.  Prohibited Competition.--(a)  A person commits
     3  a misdemeanor of the first degree if he promotes, sponsors or
     4  participates in any manner in the staging of, or the conduct of,
     5  any tough guy contest or battle of the brawlers or in any
     6  similar competition.
     7     (b)  The provisions of this section shall not apply to the
     8  news media, including but not limited to television, radio,
     9  newspapers and periodicals, for their reporting or advertising    <--
    10  activities relating to tough guy contests or battle of the
    11  brawlers.
    12     (c)  As used in this section the phrase "tough guy contest"
    13  or "battle of the brawlers" means any competition which involves
    14  any physical contact bout between two or more individuals, who
    15  attempt to knock out their opponent by employing boxing,
    16  wrestling, martial arts tactics or any combination thereof and
    17  by using techniques including, but not limited to, punches,
    18  kicks and choking. These phrases shall not apply to amateur or
    19  professional contests sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Athletic
    20  Commission nor to contests staged in connection with athletic
    21  training programs nor to amateur or professional contests of the
    22  martial arts nor to any collegiate or scholastic boxing,
    23  wrestling or martial arts contests.
    24     Section 6 8.  Section 250 of the act, added May 24, 1956       <--
    25  (1955 P.L.1693, No.574), is amended to read:
    26     Section 250.  Mandatory Eight Count.--Whenever a boxer is
    27  knocked down, he shall be required to take a count of eight,
    28  even if he has regained his feet prior thereto, and the referee
    29  shall not permit the contest or exhibition to be resumed until
    30  the count of eight has actually been reached, except in
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     1  professional championship boxing contests and exhibitions. A
     2  referee may give a standing eight count in those instances where
     3  he deems necessary.
     4     Section 7 9.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.           <--


















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