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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Congress Acts With Usual Speed And Efficiency To Ban Inaugural Ticket Scalping

The Senate passed a bill last night to ban the scalping. Not only is this kind of late - what with the inauguration being Tuesday and all - but it gets better. Congress may not actually finish passing the bill until after the inauguration. From Reuters:
The legislation, passed by the Senate on Tuesday night, still has to be approved by the House of Representatives. So, with the inauguration less than a week away, it may have little practical effect.

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

Craigslist, the popular Internet classifieds listing service, has numerous ads for the tickets, while online ticket broker is offering them for up to $3,000 each. owner Danny Matta criticized the bill, saying it ran contrary to the spirit of capitalism.

"There are people who want to sell the tickets and there are people who want to buy them. This law does nothing but hurt people," said Matta, who has set up a kiosk in Washington's Union Station to sell tickets to the swearing-in ceremony, the parade and inaugural balls.
I sympathize with Mr Matta but I'd still rather have Congress doing that than doing this.