State of South Dakota
Representatives Schrempp, Blake, Burg, Dennert, Elliott, Engels, Fargen,
Feickert, Gibson, Hoffman, Iron Cloud III, Killer, Kirschman, Lange, Lucas,
Nygaard, Olson (Betty), Schlekeway, Solberg, Sorenson, Street, Thompson,
Vanderlinde, Verchio, and Wink and Senators Howie, Abdallah, Bradford,
Fryslie, Hanson (Gary), Kloucek, Maher, Miles, and Peterson
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to
create the South Dakota Boxing Commission and to
provide for the supervision of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts competitions and
sparring exhibitions in the state.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
There is hereby created the South Dakota Boxing Commission consisting of five
members appointed by the Governor. Not all of the members may be of the same political party.
The initial members to be appointed shall draw lots to determine who will hold the two
three-year terms, the two two-year terms, and the one one-year term. Thereafter, each member
shall serve terms of three years, but no member may serve more than three consecutive terms.
The commission shall supervise all boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts
competitions and sparring exhibitions held in the state and shall promulgate rules pursuant to
chapter 1-26 to:
(1) Govern the conduct of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts competitions, and
(2) Establish license fees for all boxers, kickboxers, mixed martial artists, boxing,
kickboxing, and mixed martial arts promoters, managers, judges, timekeepers,
cornerpersons, knockdown counters, matchmakers, and referees or other participants;
(3) Establish a fee based on the percentage of gross revenues from any boxing,
kickboxing, or mixed martial arts competition or sparring exhibition held in the state
to pay for the expenses of the South Dakota Boxing Commission. However, no fee
established pursuant to this subdivision may exceed five percent of the gross
revenues of the competition or exhibition from any and all sources including cable
television and pay-per-view telecasts of the event, exclusive of any federal tax
thereon. If the expenses of the South Dakota Boxing Commission exceed the fees
collected pursuant to this Act, the members of the commission are personally liable
to cover the expenses.
All fees collected pursuant to this Act shall be placed in the boxing commission
fund that is hereby established in the state treasury. All money deposited in the fund is
continuously appropriated to pay for the administration of this Act and for the expenses of
members of the South Dakota Boxing Commission.
Boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts competitions or sparring exhibitions
held in any city in this state shall be held in conformity to the ordinances of that city, in addition
to the requirements of this Act. No boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts competition or
sparring exhibition may be held in a city where such contests or exhibitions are prohibited by
All boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts or sparring exhibitions conducted
by bona fide educational institutions or by national amateur boxing, kickboxing, or mixed
martial arts associations or their local affiliates are exempt from this Act.