Advanced user-friendly ticket transfer bill in Florida House
A bill pending in the Florida Legislature regarding consumers’ rights to the tickets they purchased took another positive step this week, moving forward on the House Regulatory Reform Subcommittee. The bill, HB 969, requires ticketing platforms to offer consumers a choice in the format in which they receive their tickets beyond systems locked to the primary seller’s mobile-only app or other formats. restrictive. The bill is similar to SB 1316, which is pending in the Florida Senate.
Written by Rep. Randy Fine (R), HB 969 saw some pushback from lawmakers when it was considered by the subcommittee on Wednesday, pushed by some who link legal ticket resale to street scammers and fraud despite the overwhelming acceptance of online ticket resale markets as safe and important to consumers and the market as a whole. Fine responded by pointing out that the bill aims to restore consumer rights to the already existing ticket resale legal framework, curbing practices that many consider anti-competitive in terms of limitations imposed on tickets by primary sellers and ticket sellers. event organizers.
“If you want to resell your ticket, if you want to transfer your ticket, should someone be able to say, ‘You can only do it here’? Or should you be able to do it as you wish? ” Well said. “I think this bill is watching over the little guy.”
He also pushed back against arguments that the bill, if passed, would remove a tool artists use to prevent resellers from buying large quantities of tickets with no intention of using them outside of the sale for profit. “If you as an artist want to say your tickets can’t be resold, that’s fine,” Fine said. “But if you say they can be resold, you can’t say they can only be ‘coincidentally’ sold through the same company that’s trying to do all this vertical integration. They can or they can’t. This would solve the freedom to contract without creating this monopolistic and predatory behavior.
The law, if passed, would place Florida among several other states that already have legal requirements regarding consumer choice in ticketing platforms. States like New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Utah and Virginia have already enacted laws protecting consumer choice. This means that if you buy a ticket from a primary seller, they are legally bound to offer you the option of receiving that ticket in a freely transferable format – often in the form of a ‘hard’ paper ticket or an e-ticket PDF that can be shared without going through the ticketing system again to be either scanned from a mobile device or printed at home.
StubHub’s Laura Dooley was on hand in Florida, giving her support for the bill, similar to her testimony in support of the Senate bill when it was heard in committee earlier in the month.
“The debate is really not whether [ticket] resale is good or bad. Today’s debate is about who should control resale. And we share the interests of House Bill 969 to say that the customer should control that,” said Dooley, government relations manager for StubHub.
After its debate, the bill passed the subcommittee by a vote of 15 to 2. It will now proceed to the consideration of the subcommittee on civil justice and property rights.
More information about the bill is available on the Florida Legislature website here. If passed, the bill will come into force on July 1, 2022.