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Utah to legalise ticket resale

The US state of Utah has passed a bill that will permit the resale of concert and theatre tickets, subject to certain conditions.

The bill has been sponsored by State Senator Deidre Henderson and having nearly passed last year was yesterday (Monday) approved unanimously by members of the house business and labor standing committee.

Yesterday’s debate on the matter came after the bill had passed through various stages of the state senate approval process. It will permit ticket holders to lawfully resell their ticket, but local broadcaster KUTV said minor exceptions are included in an effort to appease fears that major acts who have sought to clamp down on the resale industry may look to avoid Utah when touring.

Following yesterday’s hearing, Henderson maintained that the bill is “absolutely not” enabling the act of ticket scalping.

She told KUTV: “We are still allowing ticket sellers to restrict the total number of tickets they will let someone buy at a time so there’s no restriction on that. It’s just a consumer protection bill. If you buy a ticket it’s your ticket and you can resell it on any platform you want or give it away if you want to.”

The bill is set to cover entertainment events at venues in Utah including Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena (pictured).

Image: Vivint