GOP Michigan Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Ticket Scalping

A Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation that would legalize scalping tickets to sporting events. 

Republican Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township "said he is lining up bipartisan support for his bill," and said "it's a common-sense measure that would let the free market decide the price of a ticket."

According to the Associated Press, "legislation introduced last week would repeal a 1931 state law that ban ticket scalping unless it's authorized by the venue or event operators. Some online ticket sites have partnerships with teams and venues."

"An individual who buys a ticket to a sporting event or concert owns that ticket, and they should have every right to sell it if they so choose," Kelly said in a statement. "This legislation, quite literally, is about allowing the man on the street to sell tickets at fair market value to willing buyers. It creates more fairness while providing some relief to our already overburdened court system."


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