Monday, 22 October 2012

New Jersey ticketing bill moves forwards

New Jersey took a step toward restructuring its state ticketing laws on October 16, when the New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee passed Senate Bill 875 The new bill would end the restrictive practices surrounding paperless ticketing and would allow for the trading, gifting, or resale of tickets to any event within the state. With regard to paperless ticketing, the purchaser would have the legal right to designate the tickets to anyone he or she so chooses. The bill would also move to ban ticketing "bots" from being used within the state. Finally, the bill would increase ticketing transparency throughout the state. It would require primary sellers to include information on event advertisements, including the price of the tickets, the surcharge, and how many tickets will be on sale for each price bracket. It would also prohibit primary sellers from removing tickets from sale for the secondary market. Those found in violation of the proposed bill would be liable for fines up to $10,000.00 for a first offence and up to $20,000.00 for each additional offence.   The bill will now head to the State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

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