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BILL: CS/CS/SB’s 2086 & 2498

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members who are appointed by the Governor subject to Senate confirmation. The commission is the agency responsible for the enforcement of ch. 548, F.S., relating to the regulation of pugilistic exhibitions. Section 548.001, F.S., provides that the provisions constituting ch. 548, F.S., shall be known and may be cited as the “Joe Lang Kershaw Act.” 18

Section 548.006(1), F.S., grants the commission exclusive jurisdiction over every match held within the state which involves a professional, including boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The commission has exclusive jurisdiction of all amateur sanctioning organizations of amateur boxing and kickboxing matches. Section 548.006(4), F.S., also provides that professional and amateur matches shall be held in accordance with ch. 548, F.S., and the rules adopted by the commission.

Chapter 548, F.S., requires the licensure or permits for promoters,19 and foreign co-promoters.20 A permit is also required for any participant, manager, trainer, second, timekeeper, referee, judge, announcer, physician, matchmaker, concessionaire, or booking agent or representative of a booking agent.21 The physician must be licensed pursuant to ch. 458, F.S., or ch. 459, F.S. (pertaining to automobile race meets), the license must be in good standing, and the physician must have medical training or experience in boxing.

Section 548.002(1), F.S., defines the term “amateur” to mean:

a person who has never received nor competed for any purse or other article of value, either for the expenses of training or for participating in a match, other than a prize of $50 in value or less.

Section 548.002(2), F.S., defines the term “amateur sanctioning organization” to mean “any business entity organized for sanctioning and supervising matches involving amateurs.”

Section 548.002(3), F.S., defines the term “boxing” to mean a competition with fists.

Section 548.002(6), F.S., defines the term “contest” to mean:

a boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts engagement in which the persons participating strive earnestly to win using, but not necessarily being limited to, strikes and blows to the head.

Section 548.002(8), F.S., defines the term “exhibition” to mean:

a boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts engagement in which the persons participating show or display their skill without necessarily striving to win using, but not necessarily being limited to, strikes and blows to the head.

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In 1968, Joe Lang Kershaw became the first African-American elected to the Florida Legislature in the 20th Century. Section 548.012, F.S. Section 548.013, F.S. Section.548.017, F.S.

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