NEW JERSEY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and advanced this week by the Senate Commerce Committee would free the hands of ticket buyers who have a change of plans and want to sell their seats.
Known as the New Jersey Ticket Consumer Choice Act, Singer’s bill (S-376) would guarantee the right of ticket purchasers to opt-out of restrictions that limit their ability to sell or give away the tickets they have purchased.
“When an individual buys a ticket, they should be able to do whatever they want with it,” said Singer (R-30). “Some sellers have restrictions that limit the ticket-holders’ freedom to resell the ticket. Restrictions can go so far as to forbid giving the ticket as a gift.
“The conditions are overly aggressive. If you bought it, if you paid for it, you own it and you should be able to use it, sell it or give it away,” Singer continued.
The bill would provide a means of opting out of the limitations at or before purchase. Sellers would be required to offer the option to purchase the ticket in a form not subject to the restrictions.
“A handful of large corporations dominate the ticket market,” Singer noted. “With this measure, we are restoring some important equity and empowering the little guy. Everybody benefits from a more fair and reasonable balance.”