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Bill to stop regulation on resale of event tickets passes through Utah Senate committee

By Emily Ashcraft, KSL | Posted - Jan. 30, 2019 at 9:34 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to limit regulations on reselling event tickets passed unanimously through the Senate Business and Labor Committee Tuesday.

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, said SB69 is meant to ease restrictions on consumers that prevent them from transferring or reselling tickets, or dictate specific ticket platforms for resale. Henderson said this is a discriminatory behavior that is not consumer friendly.

"(The bill) requires ticket issuers to issue freely transferable tickets, prohibits ticket issuers from penalizing consumers who elect to transfer their tickets on the ticket website or through the methods of their choice (and) provides a specific set of exemptions to allow flexibility to ticket issuers while continuing to protect Utah fans," Henderson said.

Venues would still be able to enforce restrictions on age, conduct and purchase limits.

A representative from StubHub said the company is supportive of the bill, as did a representative from Ticketmaster, who noted that he had not yet fully vetted an amendment that narrows the scope of who it applies to.

A similar bill proposed last year passed the Senate but did not make it into the House for a vote on the last day of the session.

Emily Ashcraft

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