Florida Senate - 2024                                     SB 204
       By Senator Brodeur
       10-00247B-24                                           2024204__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to competition for the sale of event
    3         tickets; creating s. 542.345, F.S.; providing
    4         legislative findings; defining the term “live
    5         performance venue”; prohibiting live performance
    6         venues from entering into specified contracts and
    7         covenants for the sale of tickets and licenses or from
    8         requiring artists to distribute tickets through
    9         specific ticket platforms; requiring live performance
   10         venues to allow artists to distribute tickets through
   11         the ticket platforms of the performance artists’
   12         choice, subject to certain conditions; prohibiting a
   13         live performance venue from selling or transferring
   14         tickets and licenses at more than face value;
   15         providing an effective date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Section 542.345, Florida Statutes, is created to
   20  read:
   21         542.345 Covenant not to compete for the sale or
   22  distribution of event tickets and licenses prohibited.—
   23         (1) The Legislature finds that sole-source contracts for
   24  the sale of tickets and licenses to events located at live
   25  performance venues within this state violate public policy and
   26  harm the public good.
   27         (2) For the purposes of this section, the term “live
   28  performance venue” means a stadium, a convention center, an
   29  exhibition hall, an arena, a coliseum, or an auditorium that has
   30  accepted within the previous 10 years any federal, state, or
   31  local taxpayer funds for capital improvements or operational
   32  expenses, including, but not limited to, funds collected
   33  pursuant to a convention development tax imposed under s.
   34  212.0305 and grants awarded under chapter 288.
   35         (3) A live performance venue may not enter into a sole
   36  source contract or a covenant not to compete with a ticket
   37  selling platform to sell or distribute tickets and licenses to
   38  events located at the live performance venue.
   39         (4) A performance artist who is contracted to perform at a
   40  live performance venue may not be required to market, sell, or
   41  distribute tickets to the event at which they are performing
   42  through a specific ticket platform with which the live
   43  performance venue has an exclusive contract.
   44         (5) A live performance venue must allow performance artists
   45  to market, sell, or distribute tickets to their performances at
   46  the venue through the use of the ticket platform of the
   47  performance artists’ choice, subject to the same terms and
   48  conditions as would apply to any other platform with which the
   49  live performance venue has executed a contract for the same or
   50  similar services within the past 2 years.
   51         (6) A live performance venue may not distribute, sell, or
   52  transfer any tickets or licenses for compensation at an amount
   53  greater than the amount stated as the listed value of that
   54  ticket or license.
   55         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.