THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1534

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to consumer protection.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 481B, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Part     . event ticket sales practices

481B-   Definitions. As used in this part, unless the context requires otherwise:

"Operator" means a person or entity who owns, operates, or controls a place of entertainment or who promotes or produces entertainment and sells a ticket to an event for original sale, including an employee of such person or entity.

"Original sale" means the first sale of a ticket by an operator.

"Place of entertainment" means a public or private entertainment facility, such as a stadium, arena, racetrack, museum, amusement park, or other place where performances, concerts, exhibits, athletic games, or contests are held, for which an entry fee is charged, to which the public is invited to observe, and for which tickets are sold.

481B-   Disclosure of number of tickets to be sold. A person or entity, including an operator, that regulates admission to an event at a place of entertainment shall disclose, at the time of the original sale of tickets to that event, the number of tickets available for sale as well as the number of tickets made available for sale to the general public for that event.

481B-   Exclusive ticketing contracts; prohibition. A place of entertainment that is funded through public donations, state or county funds, or is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code shall be prohibited from entering into exclusive ticketing contracts with primary sellers.

481B-   Third party information sharing agreements; prohibition. It shall be unlawful for ticket sellers to disclose ticket purchasing information to any third party unless the ticket seller has received prior consent from the ticket purchaser to share the ticket purchaser's information.

481B-   Personally identifiable information. It shall be unlawful for the operator, promoter, or ticketing service for a place of entertainment to print the name or any other personally identifiable information of a customer on a ticket to an event at that place of entertainment unless the customer is able to remove, delete, or fully obscure such name or any other personally identifiable information of the customer on the ticket without such removal, deletion, or obscureness impacting the ticket's use to enter the event."

SECTION 2. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Consumer Protection; Event Ticket Sales Practices; Prohibition

 

Description:

Requires an event operator to disclose the number of tickets available for sale to the general public for an event; prohibits a place of entertainment that is funded by donations, public funds, or is tax exempt from entering into exclusive ticketing contracts; and prohibits ticket sellers from disclosing ticket purchasers' personally identifiable information.

 

 

 

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