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Taxpayers for Tickets leader urges county to act on ticket scalping

The founder of a group called Taxpayers for Tickets urged Sedgwick County commissioners today to strengthen and enforce laws on ticket scalping so that all residents have an opportunity to see shows at Intrust Bank Arena.

Organizer Todd Allen noted that the Taylor Swift concert sold out quickly, leaving many who had hoped to see the show without tickets.

He said city and county leaders are pointing fingers at each other as to whose responsibility it is to enforce scalping laws. The city has a law on the books about scalping that requires a $200 license, but no one has applied for one.

Allen said tickets for performers scheduled to appear at the arena have been listed for sale on sites such as eBay and Craigslist.

Allen expressed frustration that city officials told him the arena was a county issue and county officials pointed to the city law.

District Attorney Nola Foulston has advocated pushing for a statewide law.

Commissioner Kelly Parks urged Allen to report to police any tickets being sold on eBay and Craigslist for far more than their face value.