Florida Moves To Legalize Scalping

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Florida lawmakers have filed a measure in both chambers of the State Legislature to drastically change a 61-year-old ticket-scalping law that limits resale price-hikes to only $1.

The change would allow Floridians to resell tickets at any price to sporting events, theater shows and concerts on authorized websites that offer consumer protection guarantees, such as full refunds if the event is cancelled or the tickets are not delivered in time.

“There’s a current market out there that is booming,” state Rep. Marcelo Llorente, who introduced the House version of the bill, told the Miami Herald. “We want to be able to offer the consumers the protections they deserve and the ability to resell their tickets for whatever price the market will bear.”

The proposed change would also affect scalpers who stand outside event venues hawking tickets, allowing them to mark up the prices by 25 percent over face value.

The bills have won support from online ticket retailers, like Ticketmaster and StubHub. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers