Representative Strachota's Anti-MMA Assembly Bill 308 Officially Dead
Assembly Bill 308 is officially dead. The proposed bill that was sponsored by Representative Patricia Strachota, and commonly referred to as "Wisconsin's Anti-MMA Bill", has ran out of time and support and will no longer be an issue in Wisconsin's immediate future.
A bill designed to grant individual townships the option of either approving or declining mixed martial arts events, AB-308 never garnered the support Strachota had originally hoped for and was ultimately left for dead as its lifeline eventually evaporated.
Proposed at possibly the most tumultuous time in Wisconsin's recent political memory, AB-308 was continually overshadowed by recalls, political turmoil, and other more pressing issues.
As Wisconsin's legislature is on break and will not meet again until the fall of this year, US Combat Sports reporter Paul Fladten learned that AB-308 simply ran out of time and will no longer be addressed. Outside of a highly unlikely special session by the governor, Wisconsin's Anti-MMA Bill is no longer.
For any form of residual effect of AB-308 to once again appear within the state's political spectrum, Strachota would once again have to spearhead another campaign under a new name. The earliest that this action could happen would be next January.
Through hard work, a plethora of phone calls, and strong calls to action, Assembly Bill 308 never made an impact on Wisconsin's MMA scene. Congratulations to all who opposed the bill and those hoping to enhance the popularity and reach of the sport.