Paperless tickets are seen by many as the way of the future for live concerts and sporting events. But maybe not in Florida.
There's a push at the state Capitol to block electronic tickets that can only be transferred using the buyer's credit card and photo ID.
Chris Grimm, of Fan Freedom, said the advent of paperless tickets has made gifting or reselling tickets nearly impossible.
"If I buy a ticket, I have to show up with the credit card I bought the ticket on and my photo ID, and they are nontransferable," Grimm said.
Grimm is supporting a bill guaranteeing buyers the right to resell or give away their tickets without having to lend someone their credit card or ID.
"It's not the delivery method that concerns us, it's the restriction on the ticket that we have a problem with," Grimm said.
But venue managers and companies that sell tickets say the paperless movement protects against scalpers.
"Brokers scoop in, they actually try to sell the tickets before I even put them on sale," said Ron Spencer, who manages the Leon County Civics Center.
Spencer said electronic tickets keep scalpers from buying up all the good seats and inflating the price. He said that's why some artists only offer electronic tickets for the best seats.
"It's a very, very small percentage of the tickets sold," Spencer said. "Only one-tenth of 1 percent of all tickets sold are paperless tickets."
But Grimm said it's a growing trend.
"Right now it might be the floor and lower bowl are restricted tickets, but in the future it could be every seat in the house is restricted," Grimm said.
How tickets are sold in Florida and what fans do with them could be decided this legislative session.
The bill passed the House Business and Professional Regulation subcommittee Tuesday. Its next stop is the Regulatory Affairs committee.