By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine
In a last minute turnaround, the controversial Massachusetts “Right to Repair” bill passed in the state House of Representatives on the last day of July. Having passed earlier in the Senate, the bill was signed into law on August 7 by Governor Deval Patrick. Massachusetts is now the only state to have such a law and observers wonder how much of a precedent has been set.
Originally, the House needed to pass it by July 3; when that did not happen the matter was approved to appear before the voters in November. However, some behind the scenes compromises by both sides led to the House accepting an altered version of the measure later in July. But under state law, it is now too late to withdraw the original proposal from the public ballot.
That sets up an unusual situation—voters will be asked to accept or reject a bill that differs in content from the law now in effect. For one example, the ballot question wording states that the law would become effective for new cars in 2015 but the compromise wording moves the date to 2018. Other differences include the computer protocols required to deliver required information and similar technical matters.
Interestingly, opponents and supporters of R2R have joined forces to encourage voters to vote down the ballot question so the bill can remain as is. In the event the voters favor the question, legislators say they could alter or amend the balloted version to match the newer one.
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