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Anti-scalping bill for inaugural OKd

January 14, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The Senate passed legislation that would make it a federal crime to scalp tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration.

The bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) passed by voice vote. Prospects for House passage before next week's swearing-in are uncertain.

Feinstein wrote the bill in response to overwhelming demand for the approximately 240,000 tickets to the historic event -- and reports that they were being offered online for sky-high prices.

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