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2018-02-09 House Journal

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HB 341                                                                                                                        
HOUSE BILL NO. 341 by the House Rules Committee by request of                                                                   
the Governor, entitled:                                                                                                         
     "An Act relating to the athletic commission and the commissioner                                                           
     of athletics; and relating to boxing, sparring, and wrestling                                                              
     contests, matches, and exhibitions."                                                                                       
was read the first time and referred to the Labor & Commerce and                                                                
Finance Committees.                                                                                                             
The following fiscal note(s) apply:                                                                                             
1. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic                                                                             
The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 8 follows:                                                                     
"Dear Speaker Edgmon:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to repealing the athletic                                                       
commission, and requirements for boxing and wrestling to obtain                                                                 
The athletic commission is established in title 5, chapter 5 and consists                                                       
of four members appointed by the governor. However, the commission                                                              
has not been staffed, nor have Commissioners been appointed, since                                                              
1997 when the commission was deactivated by the Governor's Office.                                                              
The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                                             
Development continued to issue licenses for boxing and wrestling                                                                
matches under AS 05.10.010, but in 2002 notified the Alaska Boxing                                                              
Commission that the Department had stopped licensing professional                                                               
and club boxers, wrestlers, and events. Since the fees established in                                                           
AS 05.10.120 are insufficient to cover the costs of licensing and                                                               
oversight of boxing and wrestling, and since the program has not been                                                           
funded adequately for a number of years, this bill would repeal this                                                            
unused statute. Currently, there are federal law provisions that apply to                                                       

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boxing. Further, under the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, the                                                                  
Attorney General, as chief law enforcement officer, could maintain a                                                            
civil action in federal district court to enjoin a professional boxing                                                          
match, enforce compliance with federal law, or obtain fines.                                                                    
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Bill Walker