Summary: H.R.1065 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House amended, Part II (09/30/2005)

United States Boxing Commission Act - (Sec. 3) Establishes the United States Boxing Commission to: (1) protect the general interests of boxers; (2) ensure uniformity, fairness, and integrity in professional boxing; (3) oversee all professional boxing matches in the United States; (4) work with state and tribal boxing commissions to improve the status and standards of professional boxing; (5) ensure that professional boxing laws are vigorously, effectively, and fairly enforced; and (6) review state boxing commission regulations and provide assistance in meeting the Commission's minimum standards.

Prohibits the Commission from: (1) promoting boxing events; (2) ranking professional boxers; or (3) providing technical assistance to, or authorizing the use of the name of the Commission by, boxing commissions that do not comply with Commission requirements.

(Sec. 5) Prohibits any person from competing in a professional boxing match or serving as a boxing manager, boxing promoter, matchmaker, judge, referee, or sanctioning organization for a professional boxing match without a license.

Requires the Commission to: (1) establish application procedures, forms, and fees for licenses; (2) establish and publish appropriate standards for such licenses; and (3) issue a license to any person meeting Commission standards. Provides for renewable licenses for four-year terms for a boxer and two-year terms for any other person. Allows the Commission to issue licenses through boxing commissions.

Authorizes the Commission to charge reasonable licensing fees, while ensuring that: (1) club boxing is not affected; (2) sanctioning organizations and promoters pay the largest portion of the fees; and (3) boxers pay as small a portion of the fees as possible.

(Sec. 6) Requires the Commission to establish and maintain a unified national computerized registry for the collection, storage, and retrieval of information prescribed by the Commission.

(Sec. 7) Requires the Commission to consult with the Association of Boxing Commissions: (1) before prescribing any regulation or establishing any standard; and (2) at least annually regarding professional boxing matters.

(Sec. 8) Authorizes the Commission to suspend or revoke any license if: (1) a license holder has violated this Act; (2) a standard prescribed by the Commission under this Act is not being met; (3) bribery, collusion, intentional losing, racketeering, extortion, or the use of unlawful threats, coercion, or intimidation have occurred in connection with a license; or (4) suspension or revocation is in the public interest. Outlines the Commission's investigative authority.

Prohibits a person from being excused from testifying at a hearing or producing required documents on the ground that such testimony or evidence may tend to incriminate that person or subject the person to a penalty or forfeiture.

Allows the Commission or the Executive Director of the Commission to bring an action in the appropriate court to enjoin an act or practice that violates this Act. Authorizes the Commission to: (1) intervene in any civil action relating to professional boxing filed in a federal court; and (2) file a brief in any action on behalf of the public interest in any case relating to professional boxing.

Requires all Commission hearings to be public.

(Sec. 9) Provides that this Act does not prohibit any boxing commission from: (1) exercising any of its functions to the extent not inconsistent with this Act; or (2) enforcing local requirements that exceed the Commission's minimum requirements.

(Sec. 10) Allows employees of other agencies to be detailed to the Commission upon the Commission's request.

(Sec. 11) Requires the Commission to study and report to Congress on the health and safety of boxing, including: (1) the risks of serious injury and the nature of potential injuries; (2) the long-term effect of boxing on the health of boxers; (3) the availability of health insurance for boxers; (4) the extent to which differences in equipment affect the risks of potential injury; and (5) the effectiveness of safety standards.

Requires the Commission to study how the term "promoter" should be defined.

(Sec. 12) Sets forth reporting requirements.

(Sec. 13) Terminates this Act 12 years after enactment.

(Sec. 14) Authorizes appropriations.