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For all of us who rely on our roads and public transit, and our water, sewage and power systems, the agreement reached by President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders in May to commit $2 trillion to infrastructure should be good news.

Maryland and Maine are the first states in the U.S. to put a plastic foam container ban on the books, but other states aren't far behind.

Leading cyber-security experts endorse right to repair

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

In many places, industry representatives, speaking for the manufacturers, say right to repair is a cybersecurity issue. If we let consumers or independent repair techs access tech manuals, diagnostic software or firmware patches it will mean the loss of security of our electronics … or so the claims go. It turns out that the who’s who of cyber-security experts disagree with these industry claims, and believe a more open repair market improves security. 

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Oklahoma’s new “ban on bans” hinders efforts to solve plastic pollution

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a “preemption law” yesterday, banning cities and towns from banning or placing a fee on plastic or other forms of containers. The law will also undo a recent effort in Norman, Oklahoma, to put a 5-cent tax on single-use plastic bags.

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Several states are just steps away from banning foam containers

Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working in states across the country to pass bans on foam containers, which is among the most harmful forms of single-use plastic. Banning polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, is one of several policies the organizations’ Wildlife Over Waste and Beyond Plastic campaigns are pushing to tackle the plastic pollution crisis.

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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