The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), a member of the Fix the Tix Coalition, announced that they are pleased the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted today to unanimously report out The Ticket Act, H.R. 3950, which will now head to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.
“We applaud the Committee for recognizing that significant problems exist in ticketing and working with IAVM to help fix them,” stated Brad Mayne, CVE, IAVM President and CEO. “Venues are on the front line of the ticketing debate and deal directly with consumers harmed by a reckless secondary ticketing system driven solely by profits. Addressing these problems would get at the root cause of escalating ticket prices and allow more consumers to experience the joy of live entertainment at a fair price point per the artist’s request.”
In September, David Touhey, CVE, represented IAVM while testifying at the Innovation, Data and Commerce subcommittee hearing on ticketing legislation. He urged the subcommittee to pass a single bill that requires disclosure of ticketing fees, a ban on speculative or fake tickets, and a ban on the use of deceptive URLs and websites by ticket resellers. The Ticket Act, H.R. 3950, as amended by the House Energy and Commerce Committee achieves these goals.
“I’m so happy to see that the items that I proposed during my testimony on behalf of IAVM and Fix the Tix Coalition to protect our fans in the ticket purchasing process were incorporated into the bill approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Touhey. “During my testimony, I emphasized the need for a ban on speculative tickets and deceptive websites. It’s incredible to see the Energy and Commerce committee add those items to The Ticket Act. This will help protect our fans and ticket buyers.”
“IAVM congratulates the Committee for this accomplishment and pledges to work tirelessly for its members and member venues until The Ticket Act, H.R. 3950, is enacted into law,” emphasized Mayne.