An Act To Ensure a Consumer's Right To Repair Certain Electronic Products
Sec. 1. 10 MRSA c. 233 is enacted to read:
RIGHT TO REPAIR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
§ 1500-O. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 1500-P. Right to repair
§ 1500-Q. Duties of the department
The department shall develop, establish and implement a public outreach campaign directed at independent repair providers, owners and original equipment manufacturers to inform them of their rights and responsibilities under this chapter.
§ 1500-R. Violations
A violation of this chapter constitutes an unfair or deceptive act or practice in violation of Title 5, chapter 10.
This bill establishes a consumer's right to repair electronic devices, excluding motor vehicles. It requires manufacturers of electronic equipment to make available the information and equipment necessary for diagnosis and repair of electronic equipment problems. It prohibits original equipment manufacturers from limiting access to diagnostic equipment and tools to authorized repair providers and requires manufacturers to make this information and equipment available to independent repair providers under fair and reasonable terms. The bill provides that a violation constitutes an unfair trade practice.