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Bill passed that raises fine for re-selling theme park tickets

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
A bill was approved in the Senate today that will raise the fines for people who illegally resell theme park tickets. Orlando theme parks had been lobbying for this bill (SB 394), which would increase fines from $500 up to a maximum of $10,000. Repeat offenders will be tried for a felony, not just a misdemeanor. The bill provides an answer to Walt Disney World's new MagicBands, and now provides for their use with the changing of the legal definition of park tickets. New technologies will now be included and tickets don't just have to be the typical paper cards. One item was removed that would allow ticket buyers to resell tickets as their own personal property.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Alan Hays, was passed unanimously in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.