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So-called Hannah Montana ticket software bill clears state senate

ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesota is close to outlawing ticket-buying software that moves users to the front of the Internet line to grab seats for popular events.

The software was used to scoop up tickets for Hannah Montana, the stage name of teen pop star Miley Cyrus, when she performed in the Twin Cities last year.

The bill's sponsors say the technology gave the edge to resellers who pumped up prices and shut out many fans.

The Senate unanimously approved the bill after accepting minor changes made in the House, where the bill passed on Monday.

The legislation now heads to Governor Tim Pawlenty, who can decide whether to sign or veto it.

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