Ticket-scalping law has overstayed its welcome

The Mining Journal, Marquette, Mich.: A downstate representative seems on the right course in introducing a bill that would make it legal to sell a ticket to a concert or sporting event for above face value.

Commonly known as scalping, the practice has been illegal in the state of Michigan since 1931, unless the transaction is sanctioned by the event or promoters.

But Republican Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township said he’s lining up supporters for the bill he introduced last week because, among other reasons, it’s just plain common sense.

“An individual who buys a ticket to a sporting event or concert owns that ticket, and they should have every right to sell it if they so choose,” Kelly said in a widely publicized written statement. “This legislation, quite literally, is about allowing the man on the street to sell tickets at fair market value to willing buyers. It creates more fairness while providing some relief to our already overburdened court system.”

Kelly said he can see no reason for the government to become involved in such good-faith transactions and frankly, neither can we, especially given the fact that a great many reputable online sites engage in this very practice.

We’re not certain where this law came from but clearly it’s among statutes that have overstayed their welcome.

We support Rep. Kelly’s bill and hope he is successful in getting it passed and signed by the governor into law.

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