STATEMENT: Right to Repair Act (SB 542) passes out of committee

SALEM, ORE. — On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Energy & Environment in the Oregon State Legislature advanced out of committee Senate Bill 542, Oregon’s Right to Repair Act, with a vote of 3-2.

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 542 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 Senate floor.

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

“As a tech industry leader, Oregon is no stranger to innovation. I’m proud that we’re moving forward on an innovation even more critical than a new gadget: the right to fix our electronic devices. By eliminating manufacturer restrictions, Right to Repair would make it easier for Oregonians to keep their personal electronic devices up and running, which would help conserve precious natural resources and prevent waste. It’s a refreshing alternative to a throwaway system that treats everything as disposable.

“We applaud the work of Chair Janeen Sollman and members of the Senate Energy & Environment Committee for taking a first step towards giving Oregonians the ability to fix our stuff. We urge members of the Senate to support SB 542 on the floor. By giving Oregonians the Right to Repair, they can help bridge the digital divide, reduce electronic waste, and save households money.”