National Consumers League

NCL applauds Virginia Senate’s passage of the Ticket Resale Rights Act; Urges Gov. McAuliffe’s signature


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February 8, 2017

Contact: Cindy Hoang, National Consumers League, (202) 207-2832, cindyh@nclnet.org

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy group, applauds the Virginia Senate’s passage of S.B. 1425, the Ticket Resale Rights Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Bill Stanley, prohibits excessive ticket licensing terms designed to reduce consumer choice and competition in the secondary ticket market. S.B. 1425 protects consumers’ fundamental rights to sell, give away, or donate a purchased ticket as they see fit. These are the same protections that consumers in Colorado and New York already enjoy. NCL urges Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to sign this legislation into law as soon as possible.  

The following statement is attributable to John Breyault, NCL vice president, public policy, telecommunications, and fraud:

“For too long, Virginians trying to buy tickets to in-demand live events have been competing in a rigged game against unscrupulous ticket brokers and primary ticketers who routinely hold back almost half of the tickets to popular events for connected insiders. Thanks to this pro-consumer legislation, consumers in Virginia will continue to have the option of buying, selling, or donating tickets in an open, competitive secondary market. When combined with the recently-enacted federal BOTS Act, the Virginia Ticket Resale Rights Act will ensure that ticket-buyers in the Commonwealth have access to a fairer, more consumer-friendly ticket market.”

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The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America's pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.nclnet.org.