Ticket Transparency Bill advances through Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senator Matt Klein’s (DFL – Mendota Heights) bill to increase transparency and fairness in ticket sales passed its first committee stop on Thursday afternoon.

In 2022, ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s Eras tour brought widespread attention to problems with ticket price transparency, bots, and misleading sales practices. Across the country, millions of Swift fans were left without tickets after waiting in a virtual queue for hours. Those lucky enough to purchase found that the final price was often significantly higher than advertised.

Senator Matt Klein’s legislation requires ticket sellers to disclose the total cost of a ticket including fees throughout the purchase process.

The bill prohibits resellers and online marketplaces from selling more than one copy of a ticket or selling tickets before they are available to be sold and prohibits resale sites that look like primary sellers.  Finally, puts in place new guardrails to cut down on the impact of bots on the marketplace, and allows the commissioner of commerce to collect data on the use of those technologies in ticket purchasing.

“Consumers deserve transparency and reliability in the ticket marketplace,” said Senator Klein.  I am proud of the work we have done with advocates to protect Minnesota consumers and ensure a fairer system for everyone.”

The bill advanced through the Senate Commerce Committee and was referred to the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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Matt Klein represents Senate District 53 which includes the area spanning parts of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, the city of Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul.

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