National Consumers League

NCL commends Senate passage of the BOTS Act


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December 1, 2016

Contact: NCL Communications, Cindy Hoang, cindyh@nclnet.org, (202) 207-2832

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), America’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, applauds the Senate’s passage of S. 3183, the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016. The bill, which for the first time prohibits the use of ticket-purchasing software known as “ticket bots,” passed on a bipartisan vote and now heads back to the House of Representatives. NCL believes this bill is an important first step toward the goal of fostering a fairer live event ticketing marketplace.

The following statement is attributable to John Breyault, NCL Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud:

“The BOTS Act received bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress because it is a common-sense, pro-consumer step forward in the fight to fix a rigged live event ticket marketplace. Ticket bots have for far too long been used by unscrupulous ticket brokers to jump in line ahead of fans who just want to buy tickets to see their favorite bands, Broadway shows and sports teams at an affordable price. This important legislation now heads back to the House of Representatives for what we hope will be a final vote. We urge lawmakers there to quickly take up this consumer-friendly bill and send it on to the President for his signature.”

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