Michigan moves to legalise scalping

December 2018

CONSUMER: Whilst many countries around the world are re-examining their laws as consumer pressure grows to ban ticket touting, a Bill in Michigan could legalize ticket scalping in the state if  passed in Senate. 

Michigan law currently prohibits a person from reselling an event ticket above its face value.

Sales without the event organisers permission constitute a misdemeanor and penalties may include up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. However, the law is rarely enforced

 but State Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) is sponsoring the legislation which has already passed through the Michigan House with a vote of 71 to 36. Kelly said the ticket resale market is dominated by venues and corporations who profit from the practice of ticket reselling, so individuals should be able to do the same without being criminals.

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