State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013
HOUSE ENGROSSED NO. SB 84 - 02/27/2013
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, within the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and
Regulation, 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
(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
(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
be 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
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.