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Bill Considers Decriminalizing Ticket Scalping

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Scalping football tickets is illegal, but a state lawmaker says the law is antiquated and needs to be eliminated.

Those in Congress are well aware that scalping will be alive and well this weekend for the MSU v. U of M game.

The scalpers will be out in force, hawking tickets over the market value and they'll be breaking the law.

Rep. Tim Kelly thinks the 1931 law should be changed. "I think it's wrong. We should get rid of it," he said. "You own the property. It's yours to do with what you want."

But the two rivals both have concerns about making scalping legal.

"When you talk about the NCAS, there are a lot of different complicated rules that we need to make sure are followed," said Whitmer.

"I think we do need to protect the process to make sure that our younger fans can afford to get into the game," said Warren.

The House criminal justice committee will consider legalizing scalping and the chair anticipates possible opposition from those who make the tickets.

"I think you may have some sport venues and owners that may be threaten by this," said Rep. Kurt Heise.

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