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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5771

February Session, 2008

 

LCO No. 2371

 

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Referred to Committee on General Law

 

Introduced by:

 

(GL )

 

AN ACT CONCERNING TICKET SCALPING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 53-289c of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2008):

(a) No person shall resell, offer to resell or solicit the resale of a ticket to an entertainment event, including, but not limited to, a sporting event, a concert or a theatrical or operatic performance, on the day of such event, within one thousand five hundred feet of the physical structure where such event is scheduled to take place, if such resale is not authorized, in writing, by the owner or operator of such structure or event or a duly authorized agent of such owner or operator.

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section do not apply to a ticket reseller who: (1) Resells a ticket for not greater than the face value printed on the ticket; or (2) maintains a permanent office within one thousand five hundred feet of the physical structure where the entertainment event is scheduled to take place provided such reseller sells, offers to resell or solicits the resale of a ticket only within the premises of such office in person, by mail, telephone or over the Internet.

(c) Except for a sale in conformance with the provision of subsection (a) of this section, no person shall resell, offer to resell or solicit the resale of a ticket to an entertainment event, including, but not limited to, a sporting event, a concert or a theatrical or operatic performance, for an amount exceeding the face value printed on the ticket plus fifty per cent of such face value. Such amount shall include any service or delivery fee, but shall not include any reasonable postage.

[(c)] (d) A violation of subsection (a) or (c) of this section is a class A misdemeanor.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) (a) No owner, operator of a facility holding an entertainment event, including, but not limited to, a sporting event, a concert or a theatrical or operatic performance and no promoter of such entertainment event, or their agent, shall make available for sale to the general public tickets in an amount less than seventy-five per cent of the seating capacity of that facility for such entertainment event.

(b) A violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be deemed an unfair or deceptive practice under subsection (b) of section 42-110a of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2008

53-289c

Sec. 2

October 1, 2008

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To limit the amount a ticket reseller can charge to fifty per cent more than the face value of a ticket and to require entertainment promoters and entertainment venues to offer tickets to the general public for at least seventy-five per cent of the seating capacity of the venue.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]