NY Scalping Law Lapses

A New York law that legalized scalping in 2007 has lapsed following a debate over paperless ticketing.

Legislators are reportedly hung up over whether allowing paperless ticketing favors companies like Ticketmaster, because such technology limits consumers from reselling except through authorized ticket exchanges, which generally charge a service fee to do so.

Gov. David Paterson has called for the law to include a provision that would force sellers to offer the option of a paper ticket, a spokesman told the New York Daily News.

“Gov. Paterson wants to protect the consumer by giving them a choice,” spokesman Morgan Hook said.

State Sen. Craig Johnson has sought to pass a two-year extension of the current law.

The state assembly is expected to hold a hearing on ticket resales within a month, the Daily News said.