Saskatchewan Professional MMA Bill Passes into Law

Saskatchewan Bill 108

 

 

 

 

 

Less than a year following passage of Bill S-209 the landscape for professional MMA in Canada continues to take shape with another Province formally legalizing the sport.

On March 18, 2014 the Saskatchewan Athletics Commission Act  (Bill 108) passed Third Reading.  The Act creates a Province wide Athletics Commission which will regulate professional boxing, MMA and “other prescribed sport(s)” in the Province.

The Act comes into force on proclamation.  Once in force the Lieutenant Governor in Council will pass appropriate regulations setting out the specific details for professional MMA in the Province.

The Third Reading was direct and to the point.  Below is the transcript of the proceedings in full:

Mr. Michelson: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am
instructed by the Standing Committee on Intergovernmental
Affairs and Justice to report Bill No. 108, The Athletics
Commission Act without amendment.

The Speaker: — It has been moved by the Chair of the
Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice report that the Bill No.
108, The Athletics Commission Act be reported without
amendment. Is the Assembly ready for the question?

Some Hon. Members: — Question.

The Speaker: — It has been moved by the Chair that the . . .
Okay. We have a new script and I went a little too close to the
top here.

When shall this Bill be considered in Committee of the Whole?
I recognize the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport.

Hon. Mr. Doherty: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I request leave
to waive consideration in Committee of the Whole on this bill
and that the bill be now read the third time.

The Speaker: — The minister has requested leave to waive
consideration in Committee of the Whole on Bill No. 108, The
Athletics Commission Act without amendment and that the bill
be now read the third time. Is leave granted?

Some Hon. Members: — Agreed.

The Speaker: — The minister may proceed to move third
reading.

[14:30]

THIRD READINGS

Bill No. 108 — The Athletics Commission Act

Hon. Mr. Doherty: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move that
this bill be now read the third time and passed under its title.

The Speaker: — It has been moved by the minister that Bill
No. 108, The Athletics Commission Act be now read the third
time and passed under its title.

Is the Assembly ready for the question?

Some Hon. Members: — Question.

The Speaker: — Is it the pleasure of the Assembly to adopt the
motion?

Some Hon. Members: — Agreed.

The Speaker: — Carried.

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel: — Third reading of
this bill.

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