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Michigan House Votes to Repeal Ban Against Ticket Scalping

Michigan House Votes to Repeal Ban Against Ticket Scalping

Created: October 03, 2018 03:45 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House has voted to repeal Michigan's rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets to games, concerts and other entertainment events.

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The bill (House Bill 4224) was approved 71-36 Wednesday and sent to the Senate. A similar attempt to legalize ticket scalping died in the Senate in 2014.

The issue has pitted venue owners such as pro sports teams and public universities - which support the ban - against brokers who buy and resell their tickets mostly on the Internet and want the prohibition rescinded.

Scalping, or selling tickets above face value, is a misdemeanor that can lead to a maximum 90 days in jail or $500 fine.

The legislation also would institute penalties for possessing "bot" software that interferes with ticket sale operations over the internet.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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