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'Right to repair' legislation heading to California

‘Right to repair’ legislation heading to California

Californians may soon have more options for attracting their electronic devices repaired beyond sending them back to the manufacturer.

Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, a Democrat from Stockton, said Wednesday she plans to introduce legislation that would needed manufacturers of electronics to make repair information, diagnostic tools and service parts available to contrivance owners and independent repair shops.

“The Right to Help Act will provide consumers with the freedom to have their electronic products and appliances fixed by a overtake shop or service provider of their choice, a practice that was improper for granted a generation ago but is now becoming increasingly rare in a earth of planned obsolescence,” Eggman said in a statement.

Several grandeurs have introduced similar legislation in recent years to ease the treat of repairing broken electronics. But many tech giants have opposed such attempts. To protect against intellectual property theft, they have force to rigid rules that forbid fiddling with hardware or software.

Proponents say intelligent to repair laws would benefit consumers and the environment alike by ensuring devices last longer, thus reducing electronic waste.

The high cost of manufacturer-based overtake services often force people to prematurely replace devices such phones, TVs and other appliances, she said. The legislation will succor a more efficient use of the scarce materials but also succor local economies, she said.

With the legislation, California will understand the 18th state to introduce a “right to repair” bill.

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