New York passes Senate bill for ticket price transparency

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You could still get ripped off, but at least you’ll know by how much. On Friday, June 3, the New York assembly adopted legislation this would increase transparency in the process of buying tickets for live events like concerts and plays. Under Senate Bill S946, sellers like Ticketmaster and StubHub will no longer be able to hide fees until the final stage of payment. Instead, all of these costs should be disclosed up front so prices don’t change throughout a purchase. Delivery charges will be prohibited on tickets sent electronically or that a buyer must print themselves. And online reseller marketplaces will also be required to share a ticket’s original price (whereas tickets that were initially free can no longer be sold at any price). “Information is power in this space just like in any other market,” said Sen. James Skoufis, who sponsored the bill, Told rolling stone. “When we pass regulations like this, people will be able to know ‘am I getting a good deal or a bad deal.’ If they get a bad deal and they get three times, four times, 10 times and they still want to buy the ticket, God bless them, but they deserve to know the answer. According to Reuters, Ticketmaster told a congressional committee in 2020 that the company would only support a decision to disclose fees in advance if its ticketing competitors were also required to do so by law. Now it’s up to Governor Kathy Hochul to say, “Bet.” Its approval is the last step necessary for the bill to become law. If she signs, the policies proposed by the bill will go into effect 60 days later.

Norman D. Briggs