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No chatter about MMA in Assembly

There haven't been internal discussions among the Assembly Democrats about legalizing mixed martial arts.

With eight days left on the legislative calendar, Assembly's Democratic Conference members Phil Steck, of Colonie, and John McDonald, of Cohoes, say MMA hasn't been a topic of closed door discussions. Efforts to legalize the sport have been made this year in the state Senate, where a legalization bill has already passed.

McDonald said he expected they would only conference on MMA if there were plans to vote on it. Steck echoed this statement, saying, ""It has not been discussed in conference which leads me to believe it will probably not be considered this year."

There is currently a bill in the Assembly, sponsored by Majority Leader Joe Morelle, which would legalize the sport. He appeared optimistic during an interview with Capital Tonight last month.

"I hope we're going to conference that in the next couple weeks," Morelle said.

Steck acknowledged that the end of session hasn't been reached, so anything is possible on the issue. "But I haven't heard much talk of it lately," he added.

A full story on the end of the legislative session will be in the Sunday issue of the Daily Gazette.

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