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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: August 21, 2023 12:36 PM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: Banning Speculative Ticketing
The big concert is coming. You’re excited. Maybe your kids are excited. You go online or call to buy tickets from a secondary seller. You pay for the best seats you can get.

But then, you find out that the seller didn’t actually have those tickets. They were counting on their ability to secure them, but they didn’t. Best case, you get a refund. Worst case, you’re defrauded and lose your money. Either way, you don’t have those tickets, the one’s you thought you had. You may have already booked a hotel or made travel plans. Those deposits and fees may be gone as well.

Doesn’t sound legal, right? But it is. This is called “speculative ticketing,” a practice that allows unofficial sellers to list tickets for sale even though they do not actually possess – and may never have - those tickets.

Several organizations including the Better Business Bureau, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have issued warnings about “speculative ticketing” and continue to sound the alarm.

“Speculative ticketing” is deceitful and simply unfair to fans and consumers. It needs to stop. I’m introducing a bill to stop it. I hope you’ll join me.

Introduced as HB1658