H.R. 5245: Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing Act of 2016


May 16, 2016


Referred to Committee on May 16, 2016

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on May 16, 2016, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.


Bill Pascrell Jr.

Representative for New Jersey's 9th congressional district



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Last Updated: May 16, 2016
Length: 13 pages


2% chance of being enacted (details)

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Full Title

To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices in connection with primary and secondary ticket sales, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.


Problems with ticketing for music, theater, and sports abound these days. From 1981 to 2012, the average concert ticket price almost quintupled, compared to only a roughly 2.5x rise in overall consumer prices over the same period. The recent meteoric rise in surcharges and fees adds up to 40 percent to the cost. Bots used by third-party vendors can ...

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May 16, 2016

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