In 25-5 vote, Oregon Senate advances Right to Repair Act

SALEM, ORE. — On Tuesday, the Oregon Senate advanced Senate Bill 1596, Oregon’s Right to Repair Act, with a vote of 25-5.

Manufacturers of many consumer products frequently refuse to provide access to repair materials such as spare parts or repair guides to consumers and independent repair shops, effectively restricting repair outside of their “authorized” facilities. Senate Bill 1596 would make it easier for Oregonians to fix their stuff by requiring manufacturers of consumer electronics and appliances to make parts, tools, and repair documentation available. It is supported by a broad coalition of small businesses, consumer groups, environmental groups, local governments and more. 

The bill now heads to the Oregon House of Representatives.

OSPIRG’s State Director, Charlie Fisher, issued the following statement:

“OSPIRG applauds the Oregon Senate for passing Right to Repair on a broad bipartisan vote. 

Right to Repair is pretty simple – we should be able to fix the things we own and keep them going instead of throwing them out. Saving consumers money, bridging the digital divide, and reducing waste are just a few of the common sense reasons why Right to Repair is a bipartisan issue that is broadly supported across Oregon. I’m excited to see that the Oregon Senate agrees and we’re looking forward to the House following suit promptly.”

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