Bill that would make it easier to resell tickets through house committee


    A debate is underway on Utah’s Capitol Hill about whether or not you should be able to resell concert and theater tickets. (Photo: KUTV)

    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A debate is underway on Utah’s Capitol Hill about whether or not you should be able to resell concert and theater tickets.

    In the spirit of trying to make sure tickets to shows are being bought by fans, rather than ticket scalpers or ticket scalping robots, some artists are putting rules in place to make it hard to resell tickets. For example, it might not be enough to show up for an event with a ticket. Some artists might require fans also swipe the credit card used to originally buy the ticket to get in the door.

    Utah state senator Deidre Henderson says such restrictions have gone too far.

    She is sponsoring the ticket sales act. It enables the purchaser of a ticket to lawfully resell the ticket. The bill carves out some minor exceptions that industry players fear could keep large acts, like Adele, Bruce Springsteen or Taylor Swift, from performing in Utah.

    The bill has already cleared all hurdles in the State Senate and, on Monday, was presented to the members of the house business and labor standing committee, where it passed unanimously.

    In an interview with Get Gephardt after the hearing, Henderson said the bill is “absolutely not“ pro-ticket-scalpers.

    “We are still allowing ticket sellers to restrict the total number of tickets they will let someone by at a time so there’s no restriction on that,” she said. “It’s just a consumer protection bill. If you buy a ticket it’s your ticket and you can resell it on any platform you want or give it away if you want to.”

    Henderson’s bill nearly passed in 2018, but, ultimately, died due to a clerical error near the end of the session, she said.

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