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Microsoft named as stopping "Right to Repair" in Washington

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

In an interview on iFixit’s Repair Radio, Washington State Rep. Jeff Morris, who was the original sponsor of the state's Right to Repair bill last year, claimed that “word on the street” was that big tech companies, specifically Microsoft, “marshalled forces to keep the bill from moving out of the House Rules committee.” 

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Right to Repair campaign forces changes from Apple

Motherboard is reporting on an Apple program which reverses some of their restrictions on repair, allowing for more authorized repair providers. However, the company is would still refuse access to parts and service information to consumers and many independent businesses. 

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Consumer Advocates, Farmers, Small Business and Hospitals Line Up Behind Bill to Make it Easier to Fix Modern Devices

SPRINGFIELD -- Today, the Illinois House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT Committee heard testimony concerning Right to Repair, House Bill 2026 (Mussman). The bill would require manufacturers to provide access to parts, tools, repair software and repair manuals for electronic devices sold in the state, and is one of many such bills around the country. 

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California becomes 20th state in 2019 to consider Right to Repair bill

With the introduction of a bill in California, 20 states have considered legislation in 2019 that would help Americans fix their own stuff, rather than having to toss it out and buy new. California Assemblymember Susan Eggman (Stockton) filed the latest Right to Repair state bill, AB 1163, which closes a loophole in the state’s warranty law and requires companies to allow consumers access to parts and service information. 

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After warning companies that "Void Warranty if Removed" are illegal, the FTC is expanding their investigation into anti-repair practices

This announcement comes after the FTC sent warning letters last April to six companies saying their "void warranty if removed" stickers violated consumer rights under Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. A subsequent survey in October by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, "Warranties in the Void," showed that such anti-repair activity was even more widespread. The study surveyed 50 members of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and found the 45 would void warranties for independent repair. 

More than 10,000 Americans said "no" to plastic straws in February. Feb. 22 marked the third annual national Skip the Straw Day—a day created by Michigan middle school students who were fed up with plastic pollution and its impact on wildlife and the planet.

Right to Repair: here, there and everywhere

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Right to Repair — the campaign that aims to help us fix our devices and repair our broken relationship with electronics — got started as a state legislative effort. Today, it has its sights set much higher than that.

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Environment America and U.S. PIRG celebrate Skip the Straw Day by introducing bills in seven states to help Americans go strawless

Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working in seven states to introduce legislation requiring customers to request disposable plastic straws. The announcement comes on the third annual National Skip the Straw Day.

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