Bills that would allow Virginians to resell their concert and sporting events tickets have passed both houses of the General Assembly by wide margins.
Currently customers of companies like Ticketmaster and StubHub can resell tickets to the distributer, but they will forfeit their service fees. Ticketmaster prohibits the resale of tickets through any other method than their website.
Republican Senator Bill Stanley of Franklin is the bill’s Senate Patron. “And so if we have a ticket and I want to give it to the Senior Senator from Virginia Beach, by golly I’m going to give it to him and he’s going to have a great time and bring me back a shirt,” said Stanley.
Proponents of the legislation say gifting tickets is also problematic, as it would require the ID or purchasing credit card to be displayed at Will Call.
Critics of the legislation say the current system helps prevent unscrupulous scalpers from selling counterfeit tickets.