By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine
In late December the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition said it had been notified by the Secretary of State’s office that the required 83,180 signatures on a petition to the legislature had been certified and approved. The approval of the petition moves RTR one more step closer to the state ballot in November.
Under Massachusetts law, the legislature gets one more chance to pass it; if the bill fails there, the question will go onto the public ballot and voters get a chance to overrule the lawmakers. Legislative committee hearings are scheduled within a month and the legislature must act by May 1.
The Right to Repair movement has many strong supporters and equally strong opposition from various factions in the auto industry. As you might expect, many repair shops and trade groups favor it while many auto manufacturers and suppliers oppose it.
It may seem like a state-only matter but consider these: Would one state adopting this rule began a national domino effect? Will RTR become an unofficial national policy even though it died repeatedly at the federal level? Will there be a patchwork of states that require the availability of OEM data and those that do not? If RTR is passed in Massachusetts, will OEMs comply only in Massachusetts or develop a new policy nationwide?
And, we wonder, where will the Right to Repair effort pop up next if both the Massachusetts legislature and the voters say “no.”
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