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'Hannah Montana' bill would prevent early ticket sellouts

Senators offered preliminary backing Monday for a bill banning the use of computer software to interfere with concert and event ticket sales.

Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, said the measure attempts to prevent an occurrence similar to what happened at a recent Hannah Montana pop music concert in Minneapolis, when brokers used software to buy tickets before the general public.

The bill makes that a misdemeanor.

It would prevent brokers from being able to "scarf up all the tickets within minutes of them going on sale online," Latz said.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.