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AB-1556 Ticket sellers.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 06/10/2021 09:00 PM
AB1556:v96#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Senate  June 10, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 27, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1556


Introduced by Assembly Member Friedman

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Sections 22502 and Section 22507 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to sales.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1556, as amended, Friedman. Ticket sellers.
Existing law provides comprehensive regulation of ticket sellers, including the requirement that a ticket seller issue a refund upon request to a ticket purchaser for canceled, postponed, or rescheduled events. Existing law requires ticket sellers, prior to a sale, to disclose to purchasers the location of the seat or seats, as specified. Violation of these provisions this provision is a misdemeanor.
This bill would, for canceled events, require that the refund be made within 30 calendar days of the cancellation. For postponed or rescheduled events, or events that are replaced with another event at the same date and time, this bill would require that the refund be made upon request within 30 calendar days of the refund request. The bill would require the seller to disclose, prior to the sale, whether the tickets are nontransferable. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.Section 22502 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
22502.

A ticket seller shall, prior to sale, disclose to the purchaser both of the following:

(a)The location of the seat or seats represented by the ticket or tickets by means of a description or a map.

(b)Whether the ticket or tickets are nontransferable to a third party.

SEC. 2.SECTION 1.

 Section 22507 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

22507.
 (a) The ticket price of any event which is canceled shall be fully refunded to the purchaser by the ticket seller within 30 calendar days of the cancellation.
(b) The ticket price of any event which is postponed, rescheduled, or replaced with another event at the same date and time, shall be fully refunded to the purchaser by the ticket seller upon request within 30 calendar days of the refund request.
(c) For purposes of this section, a rescheduled event includes a canceled occurrence of a recurring event for which the purchaser is offered the opportunity to attend another, materially identical occurrence of the same event at a different date or time.
(d) Any local jurisdiction may require a ticket seller to provide a bond of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) to provide for any refunds that may be required by this section.

SEC. 3.SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.