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Michigan House Approves Bill to Legalize Ticket Scalping

Thursday, April 23, 2015   (0 Comments)

Associated Press (03/26/15) Green, Alisha

Michigan's House of Representatives has approved a bill to remove the state's ban on the reselling of tickets to sports events, concerts, and other entertainment events, and House Democrats attached an amendment designed to prevent the use of software programs to buy tickets in bulk. The amendment could be applied to prosecute scalpers who use bots to purchase more tickets than permitted, according to Michigan Rep. Sam Singh. "The amendment tries to level the playing field between the individual consumer and those that use technology to purchase tickets using...ticket bots that would buy up more tickets than the venue would allow," Singh says. The bill's advocates say the scalping ban is obsolete, and more than 30 other states have not imposed such a prohibition. Rep. Tim Kelly says the legislation will benefit fans and enable the market to set prices. However, ban proponents contend the restriction shields consumers from excessive ticket markups. Representatives from major venues recently testified against the bill, and one critic, Michigan State University's Jarrod Bradford, argued the bill would strip venues of their ability to ensure tickets go to fans and not scalpers. The legislation now goes before the state Senate, where a similar bill was defeated last year.


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