Canadian Bill S-209 Moving Closer to Becoming Law

I have been tracking the progress of Senate bill S-209 which will formally legalize regulated MMA in Canada.  It has now passed the Committee Stage and passed Third Reading on June 22, 2012 making the Bill very close to becoming law.

The Bill has remained intact in its initial form with only one minor variation changing line 14 of its text to decriminalize amateur contests that are on the Programme of the IOC and also adding contests on the Programme of the “International Paralympic Committee”.  A list of these can be found here.

The changes do not fix the concerns I previously raised about Bill S-209 potentially criminalizing various amateur contests.  Provinces will need to address this on a Province by Province basis.  I am advised that appropriate measures are in the works in BC and that details of these will be provided to me shortly.  I will write further on this topic once I have further details.

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