Nebraska lawmakers are in the midst of proposing two separate bills in response to the Hannah Montana ticket controversy. Under current state law, there...

Nebraska lawmakers are in the midst of proposing two separate bills in response to the Hannah Montana ticket controversy. Under current state law, there are no price stipulations on resold tickets, however, the city of Omaha has an ordinance which makes it illegal to resell tickets within a half mile of an event venue.

Throughout 2007, several states relaxed their ticket resale laws, an obvious concession to the Internet Age because online ticket brokers have radically changed the landscape, making it difficult to enforce prior restrictions that prohibited reselling. But almost as soon as states began allowing unfettered ticket resale, there were skirmishes between brokers, fans, concert promoters and others over pricing and ticket availability, or a lack there of in some cases, which seemed to coalesce around the wildly popular Hannah Montana tour.


The first bill, spearheaded by State Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha, would allow performers, producers, and promoters the opportunity to sue anyone found to be scalping tickets to their events. This provision would make Nebraska unique, as one of the few states offering a way to take action against ticket scalping rather than simply making it an illegal activity. In an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star, Howard described her motivation as centered on giving consumers a fair chance at buying tickets. Howard also stressed that by allowing the performers to sue the offenders may finally lead to tangible consequences and further protection of the consumer.

The second bill, introduced by State Sen. Kent Rogert of Tekamah, is quite similar to several other bills that have recently been introduced into state legislatures throughout the country. The bill would take action against those using software “bots” in order to buy up large groups of tickets over the web. Under the bill, those caught using the technology would be liable to legal action if they are caught.

Both bills were slated to be discussed publicly today, Feb. 13, with mothers affected by the Hannah Montana ticket debacle among those set to testify in favor of the bills. However, not everyone in Nebraska is in support of the bill. Richard Dixon, president of Omaha’s Qwest Center, asserts in an interview with the Journal Star that legislative changes won’t hamper the problem of ticket scalping. “Senator Howard’s bill won’t help,” Dixon told the paper. “It won’t stop it either. (Ticket scalpers) are very resourceful . . . And we can do this without state legislation.”

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  • Anonymous

    February 10, 2009 #1 Author

    Greed? NO, market price YES! If you do not want to pay it DON’T!!! If people learned a few super simple techniques for buying tickets, they could get seats to any concert at face value. Why is it OK that Ticketmaster sells it’s own tickets way above face value and then profit off of other’s tickets on TicketsNow.com, but the politicians want to go after small time ticket resellers? Supply and demand is the basis of all businesses, why do people view tickets any differently? Think of it as Ebay, millions of people listing their products at auction which means it is bid up to the going market value. That is, they “get” what others are willing to pay. But again Tickets are different????? I am going to write to Congress and have them put caps on every sale EVERYWHERE and tell them to legislate EVERYTHING, we need more socialism!

  • Anonymous

    February 10, 2009 #2 Author

    Greed? NO, market price YES! If you do not want to pay it DON’T!!! If people learned a few super simple techniques for buying tickets, they could get seats to any concert at face value. Why is it OK that Ticketmaster sells it’s own tickets way above face value and then profit off of other’s tickets on TicketsNow.com, but the politicians want to go after small time ticket resellers? Supply and demand is the basis of all businesses, why do people view tickets any differently? Think of it as Ebay, millions of people listing their products at auction which means it is bid up to the going market value. That is, they “get” what others are willing to pay. But again Tickets are different????? I am going to write to Congress and have them put caps on every sale EVERYWHERE and tell them to legislate EVERYTHING, we need more socialism!

  • Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 #3 Author

    “would allow performers, producers, and promoters the opportunity to sue anyone found to be scalping tickets to their events.”

    Does this include sueing themselves for scalping their own tickets??? Ex. Ticketmaster buying Ticketsnow.com

  • Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 #4 Author

    I have a friend who attended these hearings and they said that one Senator, Senator Chambers, killed the bill before the hearing even began and then turned the rest of the hearing into his own little dog and pony show. I read LB 1042 and I think it was a very innovative bill that provided for a practical enforcement mechanism to deal with the modern age ticket scalper. Unfortunately, Senator Chambers is more motivated by his own agendas then the will of the people. I am ashamed to live in a state where the interests of the multi-billion dollar ticket industry come before the interests of the consumer/fan.

  • Anonymous

    February 15, 2008 #5 Author

    Too bad for you soccer mom. Soccer moms lose again. Pay the broker for hannah montana tickets, round up the kids, throw them in the van, and cry all the way to the Qwest Center. Ticket scalping will always be here and you can’t make it go away. Richard Dixon gets it. Why don’t you?

  • Damon

    April 9, 2008 #6 Author

    Scalpers can go to jail for the reselling of tickets; I think the big ticket offices should have caps on the price of tickets or be subject to the same fines and jail time. It really upsets me when a face value of a ticket is 45.00 and they turn around and sell the same ticket for 125.00, this is greed and nothing more. The supply and demand factor doesnt have that big of an influence all the time and it doesnt matter the venue because the 100%-500% markup is totally nuts. This is why i no longer will go to any concerts or sports venues i might like. We need to write our law makers and try to change things.