(Douglass/Hastings): Replaces the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Advisory
Committee, which has been under the Commissioner of Labor, with an Oklahoma
Professional Boxing Commission, which is essentially a free-standing
agency attached to the Department of Health for administrative support.
The new Commission is created effective May 25, 1999, but the change
in responsibilities is effective July 1, 1999.
- The definition of boxing includes wrestling
and kickboxing but not the martial arts. Thus the responsibilities
of the Advisory Committee and Commissioner of Labor for regulation
of professional wrestling also go to the new Commission in the change.
- The new Boxing Commission is to consist
of seven members appointed to staggered, three-year terms by the Governor
with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two members must be experienced
professional boxers or boxing promoters, one must have experience
as a professional wrestler or wrestling promoter, one must have experience
in sports medicine, one must have experience in cable television,
and two are to represent the public as lay members. Neither the members
nor their relatives within the third degree are allowed to "promote,
sponsor, or have any financial interest in the promotion or sponsorship
of any professional boxing contest or professional exhibition . .
.." Although members may receive travel reimbursement, they serve
without compensation. They, and the Commission's employees, must be
- Boxing rules promulgated under the Commissioner
of Labor continue in effect as rules of the Boxing Commission until
amended or repealed by the Commission. The Commission is subject to
the Open Meeting Act, Open Records Act, and Administrative Procedures
(Stites/Dickerson): Extends for two more years suspension of a requirement
that organization licensees reimburse the Horse Racing Commission for
compensating chief stewards and assistant stewards for their work at
pari-mutuel race meetings. Effective 7-1-99
(Leist/Shurden): Allows Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission to promulgate
rules to facilitate and promote uniform, reciprocal occupation licensing
with other jurisdictions. Effective 11-1-99