Bill would explain where all the concert tickets go

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Have you ever logged onto TicketMaster the minute tickets for a big concert go on sale, yet you're still unable to get your hands on any?

That's the feeling a lot of fans have when hoping to score affordable seats for big-name acts.

A bill is being considered in the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee Friday that would force sellers of concert tickets to publicly reveal how many tickets are held back from the public, the Associated Press reports.

The proposed legislation is sponsored by ticket broker StubHub, who gets a bad wrap for marking up ticket prices for resale.

WCCO reports online scalpers use special software to buy thousands of tickets in minutes, while other tickets are set aside for credit card companies, radio stations and fan clubs, leaving only a fraction left for the general public.

Although the bill wouldn't change how tickets are sold in Minnesota, it may help determine whether the process is unfair.

“If they release that information we can get to the bottom of what are the issues,” Rep. Debra Hilstrom DFL-Brooklyn Center told WCCO.

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