No more free tickets for Puerto Rico's elderly

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 11:33 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is making it more expensive for elderly citizens to have fun in the U.S. territory.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla has signed a law backed by the entertainment industry that imposes greater restrictions on discounted or free tickets.

The law cancels a previous measure that required theaters and other entertainment venues to give free tickets to people 75 years or older. It also raises the age at which people legally must receive a 50 percent discount from 60 to 65 years old.

Puerto Rico's entertainment industry complained that the previous law was stifling productions and hurting the economy.

Garcia signed the bill on Thursday.

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