The right to repair movement is spreading. In recent weeks legislators in Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina have introduced bills that would make it easier for you to fix your electronics, joining eight other states that introduced right-to-repair legislation earlier this year.
The bills would require manufacturers to sell replacement parts to consumers and independent repair companies and would also require them to open source diagnostic manuals. It would also give independent repair professionals the ability to bypass software locks that prevent repairs, allowing them to return a gadget back to its factory settings.
No-brainer laws in any functioning democracy. I hope these US states show the way, so other states – and hopefully, other countries – will follow.
People not from the US like to bash on us (and rightly so) for how our federal government sucks and how backwards we can be, but this movement shows off one of the greatest things about the United States Constitution, the Tenth Amendment:
I wish my home state of Georgia was on the list of those taking action; sadly, Georgia is always behind the curve with innovation and progress. Our governor gleefully turned electric car incentives on their head, instead penalizing consumers who dared to buy fully electric vehicles.