Join Us - Testify Before the MI Senate - Michigan Ticket Fairness

Join Us - Testify Before the MI Senate!

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So you’ve decided that you’re fed up with big ticket companies charging outrageous fees and hiding behind an outdated law from 1931. Awesome, now here’s what’s next...


House Bill 5108 will go before the Senate Government Operations Committee on June 10. What does this mean? In order for the bill to be voted on by the Senate as a whole, it will need to be passed by the Government Ops Committee.

The committee needs a majority vote to pass the bill on to the rest of the Senate for a vote. 

Testimony is used by legislators to gain a full understanding of the issue the bill addresses. In our case, we need to convince the Government Ops Committee that Michigan’s sports and entertainment ticket industries need fair and honest policies. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind if you decide to testify:

  • Come prepared. Be sure to research both sides of an issue to be able to respond to any questions the committee may ask.
  • Keep your testimony short and to the point. Consider writing a short document of bullet points to be handed out to committee members so they can follow along with your testimony.
  • Speak clearly and directly. Committee members hear testimony all the time and if you are simply reading them a script, they will ignore you. Try to engage committee members, tell them how this legislation affects their constituents.
  • Keep your head in the game. Committee members can interrupt you at any point during testimony. If this happens, kindly attend to their concern, but be sure to quickly return to your testimony.
  • If you do not know the answer to a committee member’s question, do not panic. Simply tell them that you do not know at that moment, and that you will contact them after the hearing with an answer.
  • Do not become discouraged if they look uninterested. Committee members often talk, whisper, and even laugh to each other during testimony. Don’t worry, we don’t really understand why either. If this happens, do not pause to try and re-gather their attention, simply proceed with your presentation.
  • Dress professionally. Business professional attire is recommended for everyone who attends the hearing. 

It's also helpful to know more about the members of the committee. Google them, see what is important to them, and make sure you touch on it in your testimony.

Government Operations Committee members:

  1. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R), Committee Chair
  2. Dave Hildenbrand (R), Majority Vice Chair
  3. Arlan Meekhof (R)
  4. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Minority Vice Chair
  5. Tupac A Hunter (D)

If you are STILL interested in testifying on June 10th, email us at michiganticketfairness@gmail.com.  We'll get back to you asap to figure out logistics. 

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