State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013  

916U0521   SENATE BILL   NO.  84  

Introduced by:    Senator Johnston and Representative Schrempp
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to create the South Dakota Athletic Commission and to provide for the supervision of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts competitions and sparring exhibitions in the state.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. There is hereby created the South Dakota Athletic Commission consisting of five members appointed by the Governor. Not all members may be of the same political party. One member shall have experience with, or have been active in boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts. One member shall represent the public at large. Each member shall serve terms of three years, but no member may serve more than three consecutive terms.
    Section 2. The commission is hereby vested with the sole direction, control, and jurisdiction over all contests and exhibitions of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts competitions and sparring exhibitions held in the state of South Dakota. No competition or exhibition may be conducted within this state except in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    Section 3. The commission shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to:
            (1)    Govern the conduct of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts competitions, and

sparring exhibitions through the use of the most recent uniform rules of boxing and the unified rules of mixed martial arts published by the association of boxing commissions;

            (2)    Establish license fees for all boxers, kickboxers, mixed martial artists and all boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts competition promoters, managers, judges, timekeepers, cornerpersons, knockdown counters, matchmakers, and referees or other participants; and
            (3)    Establish a fee based on the percentage of gross revenues from any boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts competition or sparring exhibition held in the state to cover the expenses of the South Dakota Athletic Commission. The fee established under this subdivision may not exceed five percent of the gross revenues of the exhibition from any and all sources including cable television and pay-per-view telecasts of the event, exclusive of any federal tax. However, in no event may the fee by less than one thousand dollars.
    Section 4. All fees collected pursuant to this Act shall be placed in the boxing commission fund that is hereby established in the state treasury. All money deposited in the fund is continuously appropriated to pay for the administration of this Act and for the compensation and expenses of members of the South Dakota Athletic Commission.
    Section 5. Boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts competitions or sparring exhibitions held in any city in this state shall be held in conformity to the ordinances of that city, in addition to the requirements of this Act. No boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts competition or sparring exhibition may be held in a city where such contests or exhibitions are prohibited by ordinance.
    Section 6. All boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts or sparring exhibitions conducted

by bona fide educational institutions or by national amateur boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts associations or their local affiliates are exempt from the provisions of this Act.