Gov. Polis signs into law first farmer Right to Repair bill in the country

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DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis signed into law the nation’s first agricultural Right to Repair policy, ensuring Colorado’s farmers and ranchers have the access to the tools they need to fix their equipment. The Colorado General Assembly passed the farm equipment Right to Repair bill, HB23-1011, with bipartisan support, sponsored by Representatives Brianna Titone and Ron Weinberg, and Senators Janice Marchman and Nick Hinrichsen.

Colorado answered the call from CoPIRG and a wide range of agriculture and repair organizations. It is the first state to pass a tractor Right to Repair bill, requiring manufacturers of agricultural equipment to make available all materials needed to repair tractors and combines.

Nationally, Colorado has become a leader in the Right to Repair space. Last year, Colorado passed a Right to Repair for wheelchairs bill, which went into effect in January.

In response, CoPIRG Executive Director Danny Katz released the following statement:

“I’m proud Colorado is poised to be the first state to ensure farmers have access to the stuff they need to fix their equipment. For decades, if something you owned broke, you could fix it yourself, take it to an independent repair shop or go back to the dealer or manufacturer. Unfortunately, as more of our stuff, including agricultural equipment like tractors and combines, runs on software, manufacturers are able to lock us out, undermining the repair marketplace and leading to longer delays and inflated repair bills. Farmers should have the freedom to get their stuff fixed from whomever they trust. They’ll have that freedom when Governor Polis signs the bill.”