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Bill Legalizing Scalping Dies in the AR House

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We can all agree, a George Strait concert doesn't have a lot in common with the Arkansas House floor, but Friday, Strait played a pretty big role in the debate about ticket scalping.

"George Strait and Martina McBride tickets are going for $1,238 on the web site," said Representative Douglas House.
 
House argued the state should ditch it's anti-scalping policy. The law keeps scalpers off the streets, but not off the Internet.

"The secondary ticket market's a billion dollar industry," said House.

You won't find a ticket to see George strait on Ticketmaster. The $85 to$100 seats are gone. You can find them online, but you'll pay a lot more, even in a state that bans scalping.

"Arkansas misdemeanor criminal law is not enforceable outside of the state of Arkansas. Where they're selling these tickets, it's perfectly legal. It's only illegal inside the state," said House.

That means only the folks scalping on Arkansas streets are criminals, a double-standard that bothers House. However, lawmakers chose to kill the bill 65 to 20.