Conservative Activists Join Fight Against Fairness in Ticketing Act
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http://pdf.reuters.com/htmlnews/8knews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130324:nBw245026a Property Rights, Free-Market Principles Spur Conservative Grassroots Movement NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(Business Wire)-- Local conservative activists have called upon Tennessee legislators to oppose the Fairness in Ticketing Act, which they say would strip concert and sporting event ticketholders of ownership rights and undermine the competitive, free market in resale tickets. Ben Cunningham, who led the fight against a state income tax in Tennessee and is chairman of Tennessee Tax Revolt and the Nashville Tea Party, along with blogger Ken "Blue Collar Muse" Marrero, who heads a statewide alliance of conservative organizations, are urging legislators to oppose the anti-consumer bill in a Senate vote on Monday night. "Tennessee conservatives believe that when we buy tickets, it is our choice whether to use them, give them away or resell them, and that the venues and ticket issuers give up control over our property the moment we pay them for that ticket," said Cunningham. The bill, which has been amended three times this legislative session, still includes a provision that empowers live-event venues to restrict ticket reselling by purchasers. Although the bill`s sponsors claim to have fixed the ownership issue with amendments, Marrero`s organization, ConserVOLiance, disagrees. "This is a question of property rights and free markets principles, and the Fairness in Ticketing Act undermines both," said Marrero. "The Tennessee legislature has no business picking winners and losers through the legislative process, particularly when fans are the ultimate losers," Marrero added. The Fairness in Ticketing Act is scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate on Monday night, and will be heard in the House Business and Utilities Committee on Wednesday. About Fan Freedom Launched in February 2011, Fan Freedom is supported by more than 100,000 live-event fans, including more than 6,000 Tennesseans, and is backed by leading consumer and businesses groups, such as the American Conservative Union, National Consumers League, Consumer Action, the Institute for Liberty, the League of Fans, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and Net Choice. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20130324005026/en/ McNeely Pigott & Fox Matt Griffin, 615-259-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2013