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Senate Passes Anti-Ticket Scalping Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bid to ban the sale of inauguration tickets moved a large step closer to becoming law when the Senate approved the legislation last night. The bill still needs House approval before the law would go into effect, and Feinstein urged quick passage.

"My hope is that the House takes up and quickly passes this legislation so that we can stop the scam artists and profiteers from tarnishing this important event," Feinstein said in a statement.

The law would make it a misdemeanor to sell the ticket, with violators facing up to $100,000 in fines and a year in jail. Feinstein had hoped to pass the bill in the fall, but the Senate blocked it because the Presidential Inaugural Committee has been giving tickets to people who donate money to help pay for the inauguration. Feinstein reintroduced the bill this month after exempting the PIC from the restrictions. Ticket holders will be allowed to sell the tickets after the inauguration is over.

Meantime, washingtonpost.com's Mary Ann Akers reports on her The Sleuth blog about one former congressional aide caught trying to sell her ticket.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  | Category:  Tickets
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Why ban it?

Posted by: blafhhhh | January 14, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I see that this bill does not include tickets to the parade or tickets to the balls. Hopefully I may still be able to get some tickets for the parade and hopefully be abused too badly with prices on craigslist...

Posted by: keynot | January 14, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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VintageCotton.com has an Obama Inauguration T-Shirt for a special price of only 44 cents in honor of the inauguration of the 44th president Barack Obama.


Posted by: ZatMat | January 15, 2009 3:40 AM | Report abuse

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