Georgia House Committee Debates Ticket Resale Legislation
A four-hour Georgia House committee hearing pitted primary sellers of tickets to concerts and sporting events against secondary sellers. Legislation introduced in the House this year would remove restrictions in current state law that prohibit ticket purchasers from reselling their tickets.
The bill is aimed at primary ticket sellers that prohibit consumers from reselling their tickets on the secondary market. But representatives of the entertainment and sports industries argued the bill would benefit secondary ticket sellers that resell tickets at marked-up prices at the expense of musical artists and sports teams.
Rep. Alan Powell of Hartwell, the committee’s chairman, said in the age of technology, ticket buying and selling has become a complicated issue driven by big money and is hoping to find a middle ground.