Just when it seemed as if the ruckus had finally begun to die down, the Hannah Montana ticket debacle once again emerges to the forefront. New York City councilman Leroy Comrie has proposed a new law that would help protect consumers from experiencing a similar ticketing fall out in the future.
Called “The Hannah Montana Bill,” the legislation would follow in the footsteps of several other pieces of legislation proposed by multiple states in the past few months. Under Comrie’s proposed bill, publicly funded venues would be required to hold 40 percent of their seats for individual consumers. The consumers would then be required to pick up their tickets in person or agree to sign a statement declaring that the tickets would be for their own personal use. Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently proposed similar legislation in that state.
In an interview with the New York Sun, Comrie outlined his motivation for proposing the law. “Because of the way these ticket brokers dial in and develop computer programs to snap up the premium tickets, the regular customer has a very slim chance of even being able to purchase a ticket nowadays,” said Comrie.
Should the law be put into place, Comrie claims that it would allow average people a chance at obtaining fairly priced tickets to high demand events. The state of New York repealed its ticket resale restrictions in 2007, allowing tickets to be resold at competitive market value prices. It is unclear how Comrie’s proposed bill would affect the statewide law regarding free reign over ticket resale.