Colorado governor signs nation’s first Right to Repair wheelchair bill into law


COLORADO SPRINGS — Governor Jared Polis signed a invoice into legislation necessitating suppliers of driven wheelchairs to make accessible components, tools, repair service manuals and digital obtain to homeowners and independent repairers at honest and realistic price ranges, Thursday.

“People ought to have the ideal to repair their very own stuff. They should not be blocked and hamstrung with obstacles that make a lifecycle monopoly on any item,” claimed monthly bill sponsor Rep. Brianna Titone. “We’re providing Coloradans with wheelchairs the option to get the parts, instruments and application accessibility required to resolve it by themselves. No person should have to be stuck in a damaged wheelchair simply because they just can’t repair it.”

The new Colorado legislation also marks the initial time a state has passed a correct-to-repair service bill due to the fact Massachusetts voters permitted an automotive Suitable to Mend ballot evaluate in 2013.

HB22-1031 is the initial suitable-to-maintenance bill not relevant to vehicles to go a state legislature.

“Manufacturers significantly lock us out, undermining the mend market and driving up expenses and inconvenience for individuals,” claimed Danny Katz, govt director of the Colorado General public Curiosity Investigation Team (CoPRIG). “We hope this regulation supplies an example for the dozens of states all around the country working for their residents’ proper to mend their stuff.” 


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