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Lawmakers decided Monday that brokers should not be able to use special computer software to buy event tickets on the Internet before the general public has access.

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The House voted 120-11 for a bill to prohibit the use or sale of computer software that allows brokers to interfere with Web-based ticket operations.

The legislation is known as the "Hannah Montana bill" because brokers used software to buy many tickets to the Disney star's Minneapolis concert and then resold them at much higher rates.

"That is wrong, that is the 21st century version of bullying," said bill sponsor Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-South St. Paul.

The bill goes to the Senate, which approved a similar version.

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