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HOYT, 6 OTHERS SEEKING CAP ON ENTERTAINMENT TICKET FEES

Joining a movement spearheaded by the rock band Pearl Jam, seven New York State legislators, including Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, proposed capping the service charge that agencies add to the price of concert or show tickets.

The legislation is aimed at Ticketmaster, the firm that dominates the ticket market.

Lawmakers accused Ticketmaster of gouging consumers through arbitrary service charges that are highest for the most popular events. The bill would cap the service charge at 10 percent of the face value of a ticket, or $5 per four-ticket order, whichever is less.

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