Minnesota Combative Sports Commission
Function: The Commission shall issue, deny, renew, suspend, or revoke licenses; make and maintain records of its acts and proceedings including the issuance, denial, renewal, suspension, or revocation of licenses; keep public records of the commission open to inspection at all reasonable times; assist the director in the development of rules to be implemented under this chapter; and conform to the rules adopted under this chapter.
The state's Boxing Board was recreated as the Minnesota Boxing Commission in 2006 (2006 Minn. Laws Chap. 282). It was officially renamed the Combative Sports Commission in the 2008 legislative session. The new name reflects the commission's expanded oversight of mixed martial arts events that was added to the commission's purview in 2007 (2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 135 Art. 3 Sec. 30 Subd. 8). The commission's purpose is to protect the health and safety of professional boxers and mixed martial arts fighters, and to ensure the fairness of both boxing and mixed martial arts events.
Predecessors include the State Athletic Commission (1915-1973) and State Boxing Commission (1973-1975). The Athletic Commission's name was changed to the State Boxing Commission in 1973 and its membership expanded to seven (Laws 1973 c638 s52). In 1975 it became the Board of Boxing (Laws 1975 c271).
As part of the work of the 2011-12 Sunset Commission, there was discussion over whether the Combative Sports Commission should sunset, and its necessary functions be transferred to the Amateur Sports Commission. The Amateur Sports Commission would be renamed "The Minnesota Sports Commission," and its statutory duties amended to include those formerly carried out the by Combative Sports Commission.
2012 Legislation - Chapter 278 of 2012 Minn. Laws made several changes to the sunset review process and abolished the Combative Sports Commission. Duties of the commission are transferred to the commissioner of labor and industry who is directed to appoint a Combative Sports Advisory Council to advise the commissioner on the administration of duties under this chapter. The council shall have nine members appointed by the commissioner.
Five members appointed by the governor, who are Minnesota citizens. One member must be a retired Minnesota judge, and at least three members must have knowledge of the combative sports industry. The governor shall make serious efforts to appoint qualified women.
RD Brown, Executive Director; formerly Scott LeDoux.
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