H.R.4753 - Professional Boxing Safety Act103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Torricelli, Robert G. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 07/13/1994)|
|Committees:||House - Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/04/1994 Referred to the Subcommittee on Labor Standards, Occupational Health and Safety. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (07/13/1994)
[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4753 Introduced in House (IH)] 103d CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4753 To provide for the safety of journeymen boxers, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 13, 1994 Mr. Torricelli introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Education and Labor and Energy and Commerce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide for the safety of journeymen boxers, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Professional Boxing Safety Act''. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this Act-- (1) the term ``boxer'' means a person who participates in a professional boxing match; (2) the term ``manager'' means a person or business who helps arrange professional boxing matches for a boxer, and who serves as an advisor or representative of a boxer in a professional capacity; (3) the term ``professional boxing match'' means a boxing contest held in the United States between individuals for compensation or a prize, and does not include any amateur boxing match; (4) the term ``promoter'' means a person or business that organizes, holds, advertises, or otherwise conducts a professional boxing match; and (5) the term ``State boxing commission'' means a State agency with authority to regulate professional boxing; SEC. 3. PURPOSE. The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to improve and expand the system of safety precautions that protects the welfare of professional boxers; and (2) to assist State boxing commissions to provide proper oversight for the professional boxing industry in the United States. SEC. 4. PROFESSIONAL BOXING MATCHES. A professional boxing match may be held in the United States only if-- (1) the State where the professional boxing match is to be held-- (A) has a State boxing commission ; or (B) has entered into an agreement with a State boxing commission of another State; to oversee the match and to regulate each of its boxing matches; and (2) the State boxing commission has established procedures to carry out sections 5, 6, and 7. SEC. 5. REGISTRATION. (a) Requirement.--Each professional boxer shall register with-- (1) the State boxing commission of the State in which such boxer resides; (2) in the case of a boxer who is a resident of a State in which there is no State boxing commission, the State boxing commission described in section 4(1)(B); or (3) in the case of a boxer from a foreign country, any State that has a State boxing commission. (b) Identification Card.-- (1) Issuance.--A State boxing commission shall issue to each professional boxer who registers in accordance with subsection (a), an identification card that contains-- (A) a recent photograph of the boxer; (B) the social security number of the boxer (or, in the case of a foreign boxer, any similar citizen identification number or professional boxer number from the country of residence of the boxer); and (C) the personal identification numbers assigned to the boxer by the boxing registries certified by the Association of Boxing Commissioners. (2) Renewal.--Each professional boxer shall renew his or her identification card at least once every 3 years. (3) Presentation.--Each professional boxer shall present his or her identification card to the State boxing commission not later than the time of the weigh-in for a professional boxing match. (c) Relation to State Law.--Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing a State from applying additional registration requirements. SEC. 6. REVIEW. Each State boxing commission shall establish procedures-- (1) to evaluate the professional records of each boxer participating in a boxing match in the State; and (2) to ensure that no boxer is permitted to box while under suspension from any State boxing commission for any reason, including-- (A) a recent knockout, injury, or unfulfilled requirement for a medical procedure; (B) administrative reasons, such as failure to pay a State fee or fine, or improper conduct; (C) falsification of, or attempts to falsify, official identification cards or documents; (D) failure of a drug test; (E) inadequate boxing skills, or the inability to safely compete; and (F) violation of Federal or State gaming laws. SEC. 7. REPORTING. (a) Boxing Match Results.--Not later than 48 business hours (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) after the conclusion of a professional boxing match, the results of such match shall be reported to the professional boxing registries certified by the Association of Boxing Commissioners (ABC) and to the Florida State Athletic Commission. (b) Suspensions.--Not later than 48 business hours (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) after a State boxing commission orders the suspension of a boxer, promoter, or manager, such suspension shall be reported to the professional boxing registries certified by the Association of Boxing Commissioners (ABC) and to the Florida State Athletic Commission. SEC. 8. ENFORCEMENT. (a) Injunctions.--Whenever the United States Attorney in a State has reasonable cause to believe that a person or entity is engaged in a violation of this Act in such State, the United States Attorney may bring a civil action in the appropriate district court of the United States requesting such relief, including a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or other order, against the person or entity, as the United States Attorney determines necessary to restrain the person or entity from continuing to engage in, or to sanction, a professional boxing match in violation of this Act. (b) Criminal Penalties.-- (1) Managers and promoters.--Any manager or promoter who knowingly and willfully violates any provision of this Act shall be imprisoned for not more than 1 year or fined more than $20,000, or both. (2) Boxers.--Any professional boxer who knowingly and willfully violates any provision of this Act shall be fined not more than $1,000. <all>