Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 23, 2013

Another View: Ticket-scalping law has overstayed welcome

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — A downstate representative seems on the right course in introducing a bill that would make it legal to sell a ticket to a concert or sporting event for above face value.

Commonly known as scalping, the practice has been illegal in the state of Michigan since 1931, unless the transaction is sanctioned by the event or promoters.

But Republican Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township said he’s lining up supporters for the bill he introduced last week because, among other reasons, it’s just plain common sense.

“An individual who buys a ticket to a sporting event or concert owns that ticket, and they should have every right to sell it if they so choose,” Kelly said in a widely publicized written statement.

Kelly said he can see no reason for the government to become involved in such good-faith transactions and frankly, neither can we ...

We support Rep. Kelly’s bill and hope he is successful in getting it passed and signed by the governor into law.

The Mining Journal, Marquette