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ALERT: Right to Repair in California
California just introduced Right to Repair legislation, making it the 20th state to propose legislation in 2019 and the second year in a row Right to Repair has been considered in California.
AB 1163 is currently before the Committee for Privacy and Consumer Protection.
Tools for action
The Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection hearings are scheduled for April 23rd.
We urge all citizens to make their voices heard.
To support AB1163, go to THIS page for super-easy-to-use tools to contact your representatives via calls and/or email.
Information you’ll need:
- Assembly Bill 1163
- Your zip code
- Your name and address
The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), amends existing CA law (Section 1793.03 of the Civil Code) that requires manufactures to make parts, tools and diagnostics available to authorized repairers. The change: to make parts, tools and diagnostics available to independent repair shops and owners.
Eggman says: “The Right to Repair will provide consumers with the freedom to have their electronic products and appliances fixed by a repair shop or service provider of their choice, creating a competitive market that will be cheaper for consumers and reduce the number of devices thrown in the trash.”
Eggman’s press release with further details is here: Press release.
Section 1793.03 of the Civil Code and the proposed language to amend are here: Assembly Bill 1163
Information and links to additional resources on Right to Repair:
BBC Business news 1:33 video on Right to Repair: BBC Business
iFixit’s short article about the CA initiative: Orientation
The Repair Association’s outline of the issues behind Right to Repair and legislative efforts to address them: Right to Repair
KQED’s Forum addressed Right to Repair on March 11th: Forum
A balanced reflection in ZDNet on opposition to the bill: ZDNet
iFixit.org’s articles addressing Right to Repair — job creation, environmental protection, consumer cost containment, regaining authority over the things we buy.
In September 2018 Motherboard reported on a Resolution by the Massachusetts Senate to research the impact of Right to Repair. The introductory paragraphs summarize the Right to Repair issue and the Massachusetts resolution:
We live in a world where everyone uses technology and manufacturers don’t want anyone to repair their own stuff. Companies such as Apple maintain strict control of the tools and methods it uses to service broken devices. Farmers across America are hacking their tractors because manufacturer John Deere doesn’t want them to fix them themselves. The right-to-repair movement has been fighting against big tech’s repair monopoly for years and, in Massachusetts, it just took an important step towards busting that monopoly.
On July 25, the Massachusetts Senate approved a Resolution that would create a special commission that would research the feasibility of forcing device manufacturers to treat customers and independent repair shops the same as officially licensed repair outlets. According to the proposed study, that means providing customers and independent repair shops with “repair technical updates, diagnostic software, service access passwords, updates and corrections to firmware, and related documentation.”
See the entire Motherboard article HERE.
Advocates in the UK and Europe are likewise advancing Right to Repair policies. The Restart Project (London) is a powerful force, initiating, among many other important repair projects, The Manchester Declaration. More information about UK and European Right to Repair efforts is published on the The Restart Project website.