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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 25, 2021 03:25 PM
From: Senator Elder A. Vogel, Jr. and Sen. Judith L. Schwank
To: All Senate members
Subject: Right to Repair Legislation
 I am introducing legislation that would require original equipment manufacturers of electronics and appliances that contain embedded software (i.e. phones, washers, dryers, refrigerators, televisions, laptops, hospital equipment, tractors, etc.) to make available to consumers and independent repair shops the information and parts they need to repair those devices and fully disclose any contract provision standing in the way of full repair and reuse.
Many manufacturers make it impossible, whether inadvertently or intentionally, for consumers or independent repair technicians to fix their products.  This leaves consumers with few other options than to buy new, pay outrageous fees or to travel hours away.  Modern repairs involve electronics.  Repairing those electronics require parts, firmware access and tooling specifications from the product designers.  The knowledge and tools to repair and refurbish products should be distributed as widely and freely as the products themselves.
Creating an economy around extending the lifespan of manufactured goods will create jobs and will also benefit the environment through less e-waste.
Product owners deserve the right to repair their products or have them serviced at the independent repair facility or small business of their choice. 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this consumer-friendly legislation.

Introduced as SB998