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130Ratification Number: 202Act Number: 134Introducing Body: SenateSubject: State Boxing Commission, control over wrestling and boxing
(A134, R202, S130)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 52-7-30, AS AMENDED, 52-7-140 AND 52-7-310, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO BOXING, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE BOXING COMMISSION SHALL ALSO HAVE CONTROL OVER WRESTLING AND OVER BOXING AND WRESTLING EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES WHETHER IN PERSON OR VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION; TO PROHIBIT AN AMATEUR BOXER FROM APPEARING ON A PROFESSIONAL CARD UNLESS IT IS HELD UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE PROFESSIONAL KARATE ASSOCIATION; TO PROVIDE THAT WHERE A COUNTY HAS MUNICIPALITIES IN EXCESS OF FIFTY THOUSAND POPULATION THE MAYORS OF THE MUNICIPALITIES SHALL APPOINT A MEMBER TO THE COUNTY BOXING COMMISSION AND TO REQUIRE THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO FILE APPOINTEES WITH THE STATE BOXING COMMISSION AND TO REPEAL 52-7-320, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF BOXING CONTESTS BY THE COUNTY BOXING COMMISSION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Composition of Boxing Commission
SECTION 1. Section 52-7-310 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 352 of 1984, is further amended to read:
"Section 52-7-310. The boxing commission of each county shall consist of five members, two to be appointed by the senators representing the county, two by the members of the House of Representatives representing the county, and one by the mayor of the city having the largest population within the county. If a county has municipalities in excess of fifty thousand population then that member must be appointed by the mayors of those municipalities. It is the duty of the commission to see that a record of the appointees to the commission is filed in the office of the State Boxing Commission so as to indicate the persons holding office and the duration of their respective terms. All of the members shall serve without compensation and their respective terms of office are coterminous with the terms of office of persons by whom they were appointed. No member may have any financial interest, direct or indirect in the promotion, management, or result of any boxing or sparring contest.
Each commission shall file an annual report of its activities in the month of January with the State Boxing Commission. It is the responsibility of each commission that the health and safety of participants in boxing matches is safeguarded and that good sportsmanship is encouraged by the manner in which matches are conducted."
SECTION 2. Section 52-7-320 of the 1976 Code is repealed.
Powers of commission
SECTION 3. Section 52-7-30 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 352 of 1984, is further amended to read:
"Section 52-7-30. The Commission shall have direction, management, control, and supervision over all boxing, wrestling, and sparring events, exhibitions, contests, and performances whether in person or via closed circuit television (events) in this State. The Commission shall promulgate regulations as necessary for the protection of the health and safety of participants and spectators and to carry out the provisions of this article. The Chief Boxing Commissioner may appoint a chief inspector and referees, inspectors, other officials, and clerical help as he determines necessary to administer the provisions of this article."
Provisions do not apply
SECTION 4. Section 52-7-140 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 352 of 1984, is amended to read:
"Section 52-7-140. The provisions of this article do not apply to any boxing, wrestling, or sparring exhibition, contest, or performance conducted by any institution of higher education or secondary school if all participants are students regularly enrolled in the institution or school, nor does this article apply to boxing matches sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union or the United States Amateur Boxing Federation. No amateur boxer may appear on a professional card unless it is held under the jurisdiction of the Professional Karate Association."
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.