Florida Senate - 2019 SB 736 By Senator Hutson 7-00985-19 2019736__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to nontransferable tickets; creating 3 s. 817.362, F.S.; defining terms; authorizing a ticket 4 issuer to employ a nontransferable ticketing system 5 only under specified circumstances; prohibiting a 6 ticket buyer or seller from being penalized, 7 discriminated against, or denied access to an event 8 under certain circumstances; providing a civil 9 penalty; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 817.362, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 817.362 Nontransferable tickets.— 16 (1) As used in this subsection, the term: 17 (a) “Nontransferable ticket system” means a system that 18 restricts, through contractual or technological means, a ticket 19 purchaser’s ability to freely use, give away, or resell the 20 tickets he or she has purchased. 21 (b) “Ticket issuer” means a person who makes tickets to an 22 entertainment event available, directly or indirectly, and 23 includes, but is not limited to, any of the following: 24 1. The operator of a venue. 25 2. The sponsor or promoter of an entertainment event. 26 3. A sports team participating in an entertainment event or 27 a league whose teams are participating in an entertainment 28 event. 29 4. A theater company, musical group, or similar participant 30 in an entertainment event. 31 5. An agent of any person described in this paragraph. 32 (c) “Ticket platform” means a marketplace that enables 33 consumers to purchase and sell tickets. 34 (2)(a) A ticket issuer may employ a nontransferable 35 ticketing system only if the consumer is offered an option at 36 the time of the initial sale to purchase the same ticket, on the 37 same terms, including the price, in a transferable form that 38 allows tickets to be given away or resold, independent of and 39 without requiring the consumer to log into the ticket issuer’s 40 preferred ticket platform, without penalty or discrimination. 41 (b) A ticket buyer or seller may not be penalized, 42 discriminated against, or denied access to an event solely on 43 the grounds that a ticket was resold or that the ticket was 44 resold through a certain ticket platform. 45 (3) A person who knowingly violates this section is liable 46 to the state for a civil penalty equal to treble the amount of 47 all sales of tickets subject to such violation. 48 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.