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House panel backs bill banning restrictions on reselling event tickets

FILE - Sen. Orrin Hatch shakes hands with Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
FILE - Sen. Orrin Hatch shakes hands with Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would stop sellers of tickets for concerts, sporting contests or other events from restricting how those tickets could be resold passed a House committee Monday.

HB457, sponsored by House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, would allow ticket buyers to resell the tickets on a website or any other method of their choice. Wilson said consumers are increasingly faced with restrictions on how they use event tickets and the bill ensures a competitive ticket market.

"It puts in place the requirement that ticket issuers offer consumers the choice when they buy a ticket to buy one that is freely transferable," he said. It also prohibits them from punishing people who list their tickets for resale on websites.

Wilson said it doesn't prevent ticket issuers from enforcing age or behavior restrictions.

The House Business and Labor Committee unanimously approved the bill. No one spoke for or against it. It nows to goes to the House floor.