The Massachusetts Senate late Thursday evening became the latest to pass electronics right to repair legislation. As part of an Economic Development bill the Senate approved a Right to Repair amendment that grants Massachusetts residents the right to repair portable electronic devices.
The proposal, sponsored by Senator Mike Brady (Brockton) was championed by Sens. Will Brownsberger, Paul Feeney, Joan Lovely, and Sue Moran. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Adrian Madaro is the chief sponsor.
“This is a victory for consumers and the environment,“ said Janet Domenitz, director of MASSPIRG, a key advocate in the effort to pass the policy. “The Right to Repair amendment will mean consumers will have more choice, the environment will see less waste, and small repair businesses will thrive in the Bay State. We’re grateful to Sen. Sue Moran and Rep. Tackey Chan for giving this bill a positive report earlier this year, and to Senate President Karen Spilka for getting it over the Senate’s finish line.”
Senior Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair, PIRG
Nathan leads U.S. PIRG’s Right to Repair campaign, working to pass legislation that will prevent companies from blocking consumers’ ability to fix their own electronics. Nathan lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.