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Nov 15, 2005

H.R. 1065 - United States Boxing Commission Act

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, November 15, 2005.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 366-56, on Thursday, November 16, 2005.

MANAGERS: DIAZ-BALART, LINCOLN/HASTINGS(FL)
109th Congress 
1st Session

H. RES. 558

[Report No. 109-301]

H.R. 1065 - United States Boxing Commission Act


1.Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that in lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary now printed in the bill, the amendment in an nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Rules Committee report.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report, which may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

  Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1065) to establish the United States Boxing Commission to protect the general welfare of boxers and to ensure fairness in the sport of professional boxing. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. In lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. Each amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.


PART A - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT

Establishes a Federal Commission with oversight responsibilities for professional boxing in the United States. The bill intends to improve the integrity and safety of professional boxing in the United States by establishing the United States Boxing Commission (Commission) within the Department of Commerce. The Commission, consisting of three members appointed by the President (and providing for an executive director, general counsel, and such additional staff as necessary), will provide oversight of professional boxing within the United States and coordinate enforcement of Federal boxing laws with Federal law enforcement agencies.

Because the states and tribal authorities have regulated professional boxing, laws and regulations governing professional boxing have varied in both nature and enforcement. The Commission will eliminate this inconsistency by establishing uniform minimum standards, which states must follow. The Commission is also empowered to issue additional regulations to improve the integrity and safety of the sport. Among the duties of the Commission is the establishment of a Federal license for certain boxing personnel as a requirement to participate in any professional boxing match in the United States. Entities subject to the license requirement are boxers, managers, promoters, matchmakers, referees, judges, and sanctioning organizations.

The Commission shall also conduct studies on aspects of professional boxing, including a report on health and safety issues. The Commission is to issue a report on its findings and submit it to the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives, including recommendations to improve the health and safety aspects of boxing.

TEXT OF PART A

Part A

 PART B - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS
TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(Summaries derived from information provided by the amendment sponsor.)

1. Stearns #5:
Manager's Amendment. Clarifies that fees authorized to be collected shall be available to fund the operations of the Commission and the administration of the Act. Also clarifies that offsetting collections are available to the Commission subject to appropriation. (10 minutes)

2. Filner #4:
Adds additional protections for professional boxers by also requiring the Boxing Commission to: (1) require a copy of any contract for a boxing match; (2) establish minimum standards for the availability of medical services at professional boxing matches; (3) encourage a life, accident, and health insurance fund for professional boxers and other members of the professional boxing community; (4) conduct discussions and enter into agreements with foreign boxing entities on methods of applying minimum health standards to foreign boxing events and foreign boxers, trainers, cut men, referees, ringside physicians, and other professional boxing personnel. (10 minutes)

3. Sodrel #6:
Specifies that funds sufficient for the operation of the Commission and administration of the Act are to be raised through licensing fees. (10 minutes)

4. Filner #3:
Requires the Boxing Commission to establish guidelines for rating boxers; these guidelines must be followed by organizations that sanction boxing events. (10 minutes)

5. Sodrel #1:
Strikes authority to appropriate funds for the operation of the Commission or the administration of the Act. (10 minutes)

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS TO PART B

1.) Stearns #5

2.) Filner #4

3.) Sodrel #6

4.) Filner #3

5.) Sodrel #1