Governor Signs Medina Safety Bill for Athletes

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SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following response after Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1813, a straightforward bill that clarifies the role and authority of executive officers in the State Athletic Commission.

“I would like to thank the Governor for his signature on AB 1813, a bill that fulfills the mission of the State Athletic Commission. Once law, this will promote the health and safety of participants in combat sports.  Thank you to our sponsor, the California State Athletic Commission, the Association of Boxing Commissions, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for their support.”

California State Athletic Commission is a commission within the Department of Consumer Affairs that regulates amateur and professional boxing, amateur and professional kickboxing, and professional mixed martial arts throughout the State by licensing all participants and supervising the events.

AB 1813 makes clear that discretionary decisions such as approving bouts and assignment of officials are within the immunities provided by the Government Code.  By becoming law, AB 1813 promotes the safety of the athletes by recognizing qualified athletes are competing with competent officials officiating those matches.  It also allows the Commission to avoid unnecessary litigation expenditures over these inherently discretionary decisions.  

AB 1813 will now take effect January 1st, 2023.