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Taylor Swift tour inspired Minnesota concert ticket bill

Taylor Swift tour inspired Minnesota concert ticket bill

It won’t be a cruel summer for Taylor Swift fans trying to buy tickets in Minnesota.

Minnesota lawmakers officially signed the new law, HF 1989, to combat unfair ticketing practices. The law, which lists Swift’s year of birth, was inspired by Democratic Rep. Kelly Moller’s own experience trying to buy tickets to Swift’s 2023 concert at the US Bank in Minneapolis. She authored the bill, which was later signed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that we would be present at a House File 1989 bill signing on First Avenue,” Moller said.

Ticket sellers, including Live Nation, Ticketmaster and AEG, will have to meet additional requirements for sellers who seek to make a profit by inflating prices and (hopefully) combat those selling fake tickets. Sellers are now required to list the full cost of tickets, which includes fees, taxes and other additional charges. This will also prohibit sellers from selling more than one “copy” of a ticket. If sellers do not follow the new law and violate it, they can be prosecuted under the new state law.

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“Whether Minnesotans are selling out the Target Center to cheer on the Timberwolves in the playoffs or to attend a concert or play in town, they are paying too many hidden fees while competing with exploitative third parties,” Walz said in A press release. “This law will change that. We’re protecting consumers and ensuring Minnesotans can purchase tickets to their favorite events without having to empty their pockets.”

This new law will apply to tickets purchased in Minnesota and to events held in the state. At the federal level, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is sponsoring the Fans First Act, which hopes to make ticket purchasing more transparent.

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Gallery credit: Danielle Kootman