‘Taylor Swift Bill’ Signed into Minnesota Law | Arts and arts news

The bill’s lead author brought it up after trying to get tickets to one of Swift’s concerts.

Wednesday 8 May 2024 at 16:41, United Kingdom

Legislation called the “Taylor Swift Bill” has been passed in Minnesota in an attempt to help people buy concert tickets.

The bill, officially called House File 1989, is a reference to Taylor Swift The hit album The Year I Was Born was signed into law in Minnesota on Tuesday.

Sellers who offer tickets to people in the state or tickets to concerts held there will be required to disclose all fees in advance and prohibit sellers from selling more than one copy of a ticket, among other measures.

Minnesota State Representative Kelly Mueller, the bill’s lead author, pushed for the legislation after she tried to get tickets to one of Swift’s concerts in 2022.

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Ms. Muller said she was among thousands of people who He became stuck in Ticketmaster’s ticketing system after it crashed Amid the huge demand for tickets to Swift’s concert and bot attacks that tried to buy tickets to resell them at inflated prices.

The situation led to congressional hearings but no federal legislation.

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Gov. Tim Walz, who signed the bill into law at First Avenue, a popular concert venue in downtown Minneapolis, said this is “a protection so you don’t get a bad ticket, a fraudulent ticket, and the sellers can’t grab them all.” Before you get the chance.”

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Two little girls — one wearing a T-shirt that said “A lot is going on right now” in reference to Swift, and the other wearing a T-shirt that said “Iowa 22” in reference to basketball star Kaitlyn Clark — attended the bill signing with their two friends. My father, Mike Dean, testified to support her.

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Dean said his daughter came to him last December and said she wanted to see Clark play. He said the website initially showed tickets would cost $300 total, but they ended up costing more than $500 because of hidden fees.

The timer started the online payment process, so he only had a few minutes to decide whether to buy the tickets at the higher price or lose them.

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He eventually bought it, but told The Associated Press that these practices meant customers couldn’t make informed decisions. He said that the new law will bring transparency to this process.

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A spokesperson for ticket sales giants StubHub said: “StubHub has long championed legislation that protects fans from anti-competitive and anti-consumer practices in the ticket purchasing process.

“We share the goals of HF1989 and look forward to continuing discussions with policymakers to advance policies that provide more transparency, more control, and more choices for ticket buyers.”

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The law goes into effect on January 1, 2025 and applies to tickets sold on or after that date.

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