Mich. House votes to repeal ban against ticket scalping

Associated Press

Lansing– The Michigan House has voted to repeal Michigan’s rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets to games, concerts and other entertainment events.

The bill was approved 71-36 Wednesday and sent to the Senate. A similar attempt to legalize ticket scalping died in the Senate in 2014.

The issue has pitted venue owners such as pro sports teams and public universities – which support the ban – against brokers who buy and resell their tickets mostly on the Internet and want the prohibition rescinded.

Scalping, or selling tickets above face value, is a misdemeanor that can lead to a maximum 90 days in jail or $500 fine.

The legislation also would institute penalties for possessing “bot” software that interferes with ticket sale operations over the internet.