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These bills allow a venue owner to eject a fan if they resold or gifted a ticket for any event where the venue prohibits resale or transfer.  And for events where transfer is permitted, fans could still be ejected if they used a ticket exchange other than the exchange mandated by the venue.

(AR SB 841), (OR HB 3510), (TN HB 1000/SB 609)

These bills take away fans’ control over their tickets and hands it over to venues and ticket issuers.

Oregon’s HB 3510 allows a venue to invalidate a concert tickets, not because the fan bought a bad ticket, but because the seller sold his ticket before they were in his hands.

Tennessee’s HB 1000 would allow venues to prohibit season ticket holders from reselling tickets they cannot use themselves.

Arkansas’s SB 841 would have prevented charity auctions of tickets above face value.

These bills impose strict limitations on websites that allow people to sell and trade their tickets on the secondary market.  And no one bears the brunt of that more than ticket buyers in the states that pass these bills – buyers who will have fewer rights to their own tickets than residents in any of the other 49 states.

Texas, wisely chose to go in the opposite direct and reinforce the rights of ticket holders (HB 3041).

The Texas bill upholds the property rights that Texans have come to expect when buying, selling, and gifting their tickets, outlaws the anti-consumer practices, and preserves anti-scalping measures. We usually reserve the iAWFUL for lists of bad bills, but we felt it necessary to point to Texas as a way to turn a bad trend into the right bill.

Status:

Arkansas and Tennessee decided to not pass but Oregon is still a moving threat.

 

Resources:

Testimony:

Oregon HB 3510

Tennessee HB 1000

Tennessee SB 609

Texas HB 3041

Blog:

Tennessee Tickets Bill Breaks the Internet and is Unfair to Fans

 

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