Moran Bill to Improve Consumer Access to Entertainment Events Becomes Law

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act into law on Wednesday. The bipartisan legislation (S. 3183) will end duplicative practices of “ticket bots” that monopolize tickets for entertainment events.

“Before I introduce legislation in the Senate, the most important question I ask myself is whether it would improve the lives of Kansans and Americans,” Sen. Moran said. “The BOTS Act does just that – it levels the online playing field and makes ticket prices fairer so a greater number of everyday folks can go to that big football game, see the musical in town, or attend a concert their son or daughter is longing to see. I appreciate the support of the president and my colleagues in Congress to get this done in a bipartisan manner.”

Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena General Manager A.J. Boleski added, “This bill is a step closer in helping make the purchase of tickets more fair to all of those fans going to shows.  Preventing BOTS allows patrons in Kansas equal access to ticketing inventory. We greatly appreciate the steps taken by Senator Moran to introduce and get this bill passed in the House and the Senate.”

Sen. Moran serves as chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security Subcommittee. He convened a Consumer Protection Subcommittee hearing in September that included testimony from ‘Hamilton’ producer Jeffrey Seller, Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, and representatives from StubHub and Ticketfly.