|Posted:||March 10, 2015 12:11 PM|
|From:||Representative Mark Mustio|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Ticket Resale - Season Ticket Holders|
|In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to make clear that owners, promoters or producers of a sporting event, concert or any other amusement may not prohibit the resale of tickets by season ticket holders and that the privileges or benefits that come with a season ticket package, including the right to purchase a future season ticket package or subscription, may not be infringed upon solely due to the fact that a season ticket holder resold all or part of his season tickets. The bill will also prohibit the use of paperless ticketing by a venue unless those tickets are transferrable or a transferrable ticket purchasing option is offered to consumers.
When a consumer purchases a ticket to a sporting event, concert or any other amusement, they should be able to gift their tickets or resell them. However, recently, many venues and promoters have been prohibiting the transfer or resale of tickets by using paperless tickets that permit only the purchaser of the tickets access to an event. Additionally, these entities have prohibited resale as a condition of season ticket packages. This business practice is anti-consumer and instead of mitigating ticket scalping, has the effect of impacting the ability of a consumer to gift tickets and to recoup some of the value of purchased tickets. My legislation will clarify that the purchaser of a ticket may resell tickets, pursuant to the provisions of Act 62 of 1947, and that no entity may prohibit the resale or transfer of a ticket except for reasons limited to violations of venue conduct policies or promotional events. This legislation is similar to New York law.
Introduced as HB821