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Broadway League opposing proposed repeal of ticket selling law

LANSING (WKZO) -- An organization called the Broadway League, which represents several auditoriums and other performance venues around the country, is opposing a possible change to Michigan law. The proposed change is the repeal of an old state law prohibiting the resale of event tickets for more than their face value.

Some state lawmakers say that anyone who has tickets to an event should be able to sell them for whatever price they wish, but the Miller Auditorium's Tracy Lawie says the problem is that scalpers will buy tickets to shows, and then rip people off by putting up websites that emulate the official venue's site.

The Broadway League is calling for a change to the law, requiring resellers to contact the event's venuebefore they can sell tickets online. The organization sent a letter to the Michigan legislature this month urging the change.