From the Morning Memo:

The Senate and Assembly sponsors to bills that would legalize mixed martial arts in New York say there is enough time to resolve the differences between the competing measures and reach an agreement by the end of the legislative session.

The lead Senate sponsor, Republican Joe Griffo, plans to add amendments to the existing MMA legislation based on some of the changes being sought by Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle.

“I think there will be an amendment of the current bill we put in and how ultimately it will look is being discussed at the current time,” Griffo said on Wednesday.

Morelle has introduced a revised version of a bill designed to legalize the sport, but is also aimed at strengthening insurance regulations for other combat sports regulated by the state government, such as boxing and wrestling.

The bill would create a $1 million accident insurance policy that’s meant to cover brain injury-related medical costs and empowers the state Athletic Commission to determine groups or organizations that oversee the currently unregulated amateur-level fights.

The bill also would increase the minimum amount needed for accident insurance in both boxing and mixed-martial arts fights to $50,000, up from the current $7,500 for boxing matches in New York.

Morelle introduced the modified version in order to win some support for the bill in the chamber, which has declined to take up the legislation in previous years.

In addition to issues raised by labor unions in a dispute with MMA promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship, some Democratic lawmakers have sought health and insurance protections for fighters.

“It adds significant protections to participates in what we call combative sports,” Morelle said of the new bill.

Griffo said he won’t introduce all of Morelle’s changes, but is nevertheless confident there’s enough time to sort out of the differences by next Wednesday, when lawmakers are scheduled to leave Albany for the year/

“We’ve discussed the original bill and some of the stuff that we’re looking to put in,” Griffo said. “There’s still some nuances and stuff to put in.”

Morelle, too, was confident there was still enough time on the clock. An MMA agreement between the two chambers would have to be in by Sunday in order to be voted on by Wednesday.

In an interview, Morelle raised the possibility of the session being extended beyond Wednesday as lawmakers debate a host of unresolved issues such as rent control regulations for New York City.

“Session could very well move into Thursday,” Morelle said. “I think we’ve got enough time, three or four days. I’m talking to a lot of colleagues. I think there’s renewed interests by some folks who had some concerns because of the protections for participants. Now it’s just a question of whether I can persuade them that we ought to regulate the sport.”