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Full Text of HB2856  100th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Boxing and Full-contact Martial Arts Act is
5amended by changing Sections 1, 6, and 12 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 105/1)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5001)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
8    Sec. 1. Short title and definitions.
9    (a) This Act may be cited as the Boxing and Full-contact
10Martial Arts Act.
11    (b) As used in this Act:
12        "Department" means the Department of Financial and
13    Professional Regulation.
14        "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
15    Professional Regulation.
16        "Board" means the State of Illinois Athletic Board
17    established pursuant to this Act.
18        "License" means the license issued for promoters,
19    professionals, or officials in accordance with this Act.
20        "Professional contest" means a boxing or full-contact
21    martial arts competition in which all of the participants
22    competing against one another are professionals and where
23    the public is able to attend or a fee is charged.



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1        "Permit" means the authorization from the Department
2    to a promoter to conduct professional or amateur contests,
3    or a combination of both.
4        "Promoter" means a person who is licensed and who holds
5    a permit to conduct professional or amateur contests, or a
6    combination of both.
7        Unless the context indicates otherwise, "person"
8    includes, but is not limited to, an individual,
9    association, organization, business entity, gymnasium, or
10    club.
11        "Judge" means a person licensed by the Department who
12    is located at ringside or adjacent to the fighting area
13    during a professional contest and who has the
14    responsibility of scoring the performance of the
15    participants in that professional contest.
16        "Referee" means a person licensed by the Department who
17    has the general supervision of and is present inside of the
18    ring or fighting area during a professional contest.
19        "Amateur" means a person registered by the Department
20    who is not competing for, and has never received or
21    competed for, any purse or other article of value, directly
22    or indirectly, either for participating in any contest or
23    for the expenses of training therefor, other than a
24    non-monetary prize that does not exceed $50 in value.
25        "Professional" means a person licensed by the
26    Department who competes for a money prize, purse, or other



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1    type of compensation in a professional contest held in
2    Illinois.
3        "Second" means a person licensed by the Department who
4    is present at any professional contest to provide
5    assistance or advice to a professional during the contest.
6        "Matchmaker" means a person licensed by the Department
7    who brings together professionals to compete in contests.
8        "Manager" means a person licensed by the Department who
9    is not a promoter and who, under contract, agreement, or
10    other arrangement, undertakes to, directly or indirectly,
11    control or administer the affairs of professionals.
12        "Timekeeper" means a person licensed by the Department
13    who is the official timer of the length of rounds and the
14    intervals between the rounds.
15        "Purse" means the financial guarantee or any other
16    remuneration for which contestants are participating in a
17    professional contest.
18        "Physician" means a person licensed to practice
19    medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act
20    of 1987.
21        "Martial arts" means a discipline or combination of
22    different disciplines that utilizes sparring techniques
23    without the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate
24    one's opponent, such as, but not limited to, Karate, Kung
25    Fu, Judo, Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kyuki-Do.
26        "Full-contact martial arts" means the use of a singular



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1    discipline or a combination of techniques from different
2    disciplines of the martial arts, including, without
3    limitation, full-force grappling, kicking, and striking
4    with the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate one's
5    opponent.
6        "Amateur contest" means a boxing or full-contact
7    martial arts competition in which all of the participants
8    competing against one another are amateurs and where the
9    public is able to attend or a fee is charged.
10        "Contestant" means a person who competes in either a
11    boxing or full-contact martial arts contest.
12        "Address of record" means the designated address
13    recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's
14    application file, license file, or registration file as
15    maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
16    It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the
17    Department of any change of address and those changes must
18    be made either through the Department's website or by
19    contacting the Department.
20        "Bout" means one match between 2 contestants.
21        "Sanctioning body" means an organization approved by
22    the Department under the requirements and standards stated
23    in this Act and the rules adopted under this Act to act as
24    a governing body that sanctions professional or amateur
25    contests.
26        "Kickboxing" means a form of boxing in which only



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1    punches and kicks are allowed.
2(Source: P.A. 96-663, eff. 8-25-09; 97-119, eff. 7-14-11;
397-1123, eff. 8-27-12.)
4    (225 ILCS 105/6)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5006)
5    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
6    Sec. 6. Restricted contests and events. (a) All
7professional and amateur contests, or a combination of both, in
8which physical contact is made are prohibited in Illinois
9unless authorized by the Department pursuant to the
10requirements and standards stated in this Act and the rules
11adopted pursuant to this Act. This Section subsection (a) does
12not apply to any of the following:
13        (1) Amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts
14    contests conducted by accredited secondary schools,
15    colleges, or universities, although a fee may be charged.
16        (2) Amateur boxing contests that are sanctioned by USA
17    Boxing or any other sanctioning organization approved by
18    the Association of Boxing Commissions.
19        (3) Amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts
20    contests conducted by a State, county, or municipal entity.
21        (4) Amateur martial arts contests that are not defined
22    as full-contact martial arts contests under this Act,
23    including, but not limited to, Karate, Kung Fu, Judo,
24    Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kyuki-Do.
25        (5) Full-contact martial arts contests, as defined by



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1    this Act, that are recognized by the International Olympic
2    Committee or are contested in the Olympic Games and are not
3    conducted in an enclosed fighting area or ring.
4        (6) Amateur kickboxing contests that are sanctioned by
5    nationally recognized sanctioning bodies, such as the
6    World Association of Kickboxing Organizations USA, KICK
7    International, the International Kickboxing Federation,
8    the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association,
9    and the World Kickboxing Association.
10    No other amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts
11contests shall be permitted unless authorized by the
13    (b) The Department shall have the authority to determine
14whether a professional or amateur contest is exempt for
15purposes of this Section.
16(Source: P.A. 96-663, eff. 8-25-09; 97-119, eff. 7-14-11;
1797-1123, eff. 8-27-12.)
18    (225 ILCS 105/12)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5012)
19    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
20    Sec. 12. Professional or amateur contests.
21    (a) The professional or amateur contest, or a combination
22of both, shall be held in an area where adequate neurosurgical
23facilities are immediately available for skilled emergency
24treatment of an injured professional or amateur.
25    (b) Each professional or amateur shall be examined before



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1the contest and promptly after each bout by a physician. The
2physician shall determine, prior to the contest, if each
3professional or amateur is physically fit to compete in the
4contest. After the bout the physician shall examine the
5professional or amateur to determine possible injury. If the
6professional's or amateur's physical condition so indicates,
7the physician shall recommend to the Department immediate
8medical suspension. The physician or a licensed paramedic must
9check the vital signs of all contestants as established by
11    (c) The physician may, at any time during the professional
12or amateur bout, stop the professional or amateur bout to
13examine a professional or amateur contestant and may direct the
14referee to terminate the bout when, in the physician's opinion,
15continuing the bout could result in serious injury to the
16professional or amateur. If the professional's or amateur's
17physical condition so indicates, the physician shall recommend
18to the Department immediate medical suspension. The physician
19shall certify to the condition of the professional or amateur
20in writing, over his signature on forms provided by the
21Department. Such reports shall be submitted to the Department
22in a timely manner.
23    (d) No professional or amateur contest, or a combination of
24both, shall be allowed to begin or be held unless at least one
25physician, at least one EMT and one paramedic, and one
26ambulance have been contracted with solely for the care of



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1professionals or amateurs who are competing as defined by rule.
2    (e) No professional boxing bout shall be more than 12
3rounds in length. The rounds shall not be more than 3 minutes
4each with a one minute interval between them, and no
5professional boxer shall be allowed to participate in more than
6one contest within a 7-day period.
7    The number and length of rounds for all other professional
8or amateur boxing or full-contact martial arts contests, or a
9combination of both, shall be determined by rule.
10    (f) The number and types of officials required for each
11professional or amateur contest, or a combination of both,
12shall be determined by rule.
13    (g) The Department or its representative shall have
14discretion to declare a price, remuneration, or purse or any
15part of it belonging to the professional withheld if in the
16judgment of the Department or its representative the
17professional is not honestly competing.
18    (h) The Department shall have the authority to prevent a
19professional or amateur contest, or a combination of both, from
20being held and shall have the authority to stop a professional
21or amateur contest, or a combination of both, for noncompliance
22with any part of this Act or rules or when, in the judgment of
23the Department, or its representative, continuation of the
24event would endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the
25professionals or amateurs or spectators. The Department's
26authority to stop a contest on the basis that the professional



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1or amateur contest, or a combination of both, would endanger
2the health, safety, and welfare of the professionals or
3amateurs or spectators shall extend to any professional or
4amateur contest, or a combination of both, regardless of
5whether that amateur contest is exempted from the prohibition
6in Section 6 of this Act. Department staff, or its
7representative, may be present at any full-contact martial arts
8contest with scheduled amateur bouts.
9    (i) Participants of kickboxing contests must use, at a
10minimum, 10 ounce gloves.
11(Source: P.A. 97-119, eff. 7-14-11; 98-973, eff. 8-15-14.)
12    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
13becoming law.