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HF 2950

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/15/2010 09:39am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to crime; prohibiting deceptive practices in the sale of event tickets;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 609.807.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 609.807, is amended to read:


(a) As used in this section: (1) "initial seller" means a person or entity with whom
a provider of an event or venue has contracted for the sale of tickets for the purpose
of the initial sale of those tickets to the general public; and (2) "ticket" means a ticket
of admission to a sporting event, theater, musical performance, or place of public
entertainment or amusement of any kind.

(b) The initial seller of tickets shall make available for sale all tickets under control
of the initial seller in the manner and under terms directed by the provider of the event
or venue. The initial seller shall not, unless authorized by the provider of the event or
venue, divert tickets from the initial sale to the general public to be sold in any other
manner or under any other terms.

(c) No person or entity, with intent to defraud, may sell or offer for sale a ticket that
is invalid, counterfeit, altered, or otherwise not genuine.

(d)new text begin A provider of, or initial seller of, tickets for an event or venue in connection with
an event for which tickets are or will be available for purchase by the general public must
disclose to prospective purchasers no later than two weeks before the event how many
tickets for the event were held back from sale to the general public. "Tickets held back
from sale to the general public" means the total number of tickets withheld from sale to
the general public by or on behalf of a performer, promoter, sponsor, the venue of the
performance, or any affiliate of, or person contracting with, any of them. The disclosure
required by this paragraph must be made on the provider's or seller's Web site and upon
request to any perspective purchaser. This paragraph does not apply to:
new text end

new text begin (1) an individual or entity that resells no more than 100 tickets to no more than ten
events in a 12-month period; or
new text end

new text begin (2) an event held at a venue that contains fewer than 1,000 seats.
new text end

new text begin (e)new text end A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for events that take place on or
after July 1, 2010.
new text end