From the Morning Memo:

A bill in the Senate that would legalize mixed-martial arts in New York has advanced to its third reading on the Senate calendar.

The measure, backed by Republican Sen. Joe Griffo, has passed multiple time sin the GOP-led Senate in previous years.

But the bill is moving forward this year after supporters of MMA legalization have renewed hope after one of the bill’s main proponents, Speaker Sheldon Silver, lost his gavel following an arrest on corruption charges.

Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a past sponsor of MMA legislation in his chamber, has said he will defer to his conference on whether there will be a vote on the bill.

Opponents of the bill, which include labor and women’s groups, have cited the sport’s violence in opposing legalization in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not closed the door on MMA legalization, saying he is interested in the potential economic impact of the sport.

Cuomo met privately on Monday with UFC star Rhonda Rousey, who was in Albany to lobby for the bill.