Washington state, home to the tech supergiant Microsoft, is a step closer to passing Right to Repair legislation.
In 2019, a Right to Repair bill failed to pass into law after Microsoft lobbied against it. But on Jan. 20, in Microsoft’s backyard, the Washington House Committee on Consumer Protection and Business voted to advance a Right to Repair bill. Supported by a broad coalition of local repair shops, consumer groups and environmental non-profits, the bill would require cell phone, laptop and tablet manufacturers to make parts, tools and manuals available to consumers and independent repair shops.
If passed, the bill would benefit Washingtonians by cutting the cost of repairing their electronics, reducing the amount of material mined for manufacturing, and reducing the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfills.
“It’s common-sense: Right to Repair cuts waste and saves Washingtonians money. Just let people fix their stuff,” said Nicole Walter, WashPIRG advocate.