Michigan House Approves Bill To Legalize Ticket Scalping

LANSING, MI (AP) – Reselling tickets to sports events, concerts, plays and more could be legal in Michigan under a bill approved by the state House.

The bill approved 70-40 Wednesday would remove the state’s scalping ban and penalties on reselling tickets at a price above face value.

Minority Democrats won an amendment to the bill aimed at preventing people from using software programs known as bots to buy large numbers of tickets.

Similar legislation passed the House last session but died in the Senate.

Proponents say the ban on ticket scalping is outdated and more than 30 other states don’t have such a ban in place.

Those who favor keeping the ban say it’s necessary for protecting consumers against excessive ticket markups.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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