Fla. groups oppose legislative efforts to create ticketing industry monopoly

Floridians for Government Accountability and other consumer watchdog groups are proactively appealing to Florida legislators in the last weeks of session to protect consumers and businesses from being “swallowed up” by the ticketing industry.

Opponents say HB 1003, filed by Plant City Republican Daniel D. “Dan” Raulerson, would restrict resales of tickets to sporting and entertainment events effectively choosing winners and losers by giving an unfair advantage to mega-ticketing companies.

The group released the following information last Thursday:

Today four groups sent a united letter to Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz, and other members of the Florida Legislature expressing opposition to language contained in HB 1003 and SB 1136 that is harmful to Florida’s consumers and small businesses.

“What is being sold as a measure to help consumers will actually hurt them by turning the ticketing industry into a virtual monopoly,” said Floridians for Government Accountability Chairman Jim Hart. “These bills appear to be dead in committee, but we are asking House and Senate leadership to keep language contained in these bills from being amended to another vehicle during these waning days of session.”

The proposed legislation would regulate the rights of consumers to choose how they use their own tickets and would violate free market principles by significantly reducing competition among ticket companies.

Other groups signing the letter were the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection, and the Florida Motorcoach Association.

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