DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado lawmaker says ticketing agencies are “sticking it to consumers” with convenience fees and he plans to eliminate those fees.

Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, has introduced a bill that would outlaw fees on tickets bought online. He says some ticketing agencies are gouging customers and providing little to no transparency when it comes to the real price of a ticket.

Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, is interviewed by CBS4's Shaun Boyd (credit: CBS)

Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, is interviewed by CBS4’s Shaun Boyd (credit: CBS)

“If you look at the convenience fees they charge, sometimes they will be upwards of 30 percent of the actual ticket value. So I don’t believe for a second that they’re using those to cover those credit card convenience fees. So there’s something else going on here, which I want to get to the bottom of it,” Moreno said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“If the ticketing service fee went away I think we’d have to figure out for going after gifts, grants and donations to offset that cost, which I don’t think is something that our donors want to pay for — the money that we raise nonprofit-ally to support the 105,000 children that come through our education program every year … our back would be against the wall, essentially,” said Janice Sinden with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

CBS4's Shaun Boyd interviews Janice Sinden with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts(credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Shaun Boyd interviews Janice Sinden with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts(credit: CBS)

Sinden says the legislation would hurt nonprofits especially hard.

The bill will be heard in committee in two weeks.

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  1. Oh, here we go again. The poor, broke, cash-strapped, operating on a shoestring DCPA. Time for them to circle the wagons, run the “non-profit” flag up the pole, and trot out 105,000 children they supposedly help for public consumption. Please! I spent 13 years of my life working at that box office, and I can tell you ticketing fees went nearly everywhere but to run the box office. Anytime there was a budget problem, which was constantly, an increase in the ticketing fees would be just around the corner. Guaranteed the next lie out of their mouths will be that the ticket price only covers 60% of the cost of shows. Kudos to Senator Moreno. Follow the money. There is no telling what all one will uncover down at that the Denver Cesspool for the Performing Arts. It is about time someone got their number. Believe me!

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