03RS HB532


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HB 532 (BR 1120) - R. Meeks, M. Marzian, P. Clark, C. Hoffman, T. Riner

     AN ACT relating to boxing and wrestling.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 229 to require that two physicians be present at each professional match; authorize a physician to stop a fight if a contestant's physical or mental condition so requires; amend KRS 229.180 to establish administrative regulations to set out when the weigh-ins are to occur, require that a promoter ensure a contestant has health insurance, and require that a licensed physician and an ambulance be present at the professional match; amend KRS 229.111 to require that a physician performing examinations of boxing and wrestling contestants be licensed by and in good standing with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, have medical malpractice insurance in an amount determined by the board, have never had his or her license suspended or revoked in any jurisdiction, and have training in ringside medicine; require that a urine test be given on the day of the match; prohibit contestants who have been knocked out, experienced several consecutive losses, or possess a serious injury from participating until the contestant supplies the commission with proof of having undergone medical tests which indicate that the contestant is well enough to participate; authorize the commission to establish administrative regulations setting out high-risk conditions that warrant more extensive testing; require a contestant to undergo a blood test prior to participating in a match and authorize the commission to cancel the match of a contestant who has a communicable disease that threatens the contestants' or other licensees' health; amend KRS 229.151 to establish requirements for the physician serving on the commission; prohibit a member of the commission or his or her family members or affiliates from having a financial interest in any person or business entity involved in or connected with the boxing industry; amend KRS 229.171 to require the commission to maintain records and electronically record commission hearings and other proceedings; amend KRS 229.081 to prohibit specified persons from serving in another managerial or official role for the same contestant.


     HFA (1, R. Meeks) - Designate KRS Chapter 229 as the Greg Page Act.

     Feb 18-introduced in House
     Feb 19-to Licensing and Occupations (H); posting waived
     Feb 21-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 24-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 25, 2003
     Feb 25-floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 26-3rd reading, passed 96-1 with floor amendment (1)
     Feb 27-received in Senate
     Feb 28-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)

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