If you bought it, you should own it—and be able to take it to a repair shop of your choice. Minnesota has a chance to secure the right to repair the gadgets all around us: smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables.
The Minnesota Digital Fair Repair Act—SF 1598 and HF 1337—would break up manufacturers’ repair monopolies. It would make sure that device owners and independent repair shops can fix their own things. It would make parts, tools, and repair documentation available to all of us.
The Fair Repair Act has has passed through committee in the Senate and through the House commerce committee as part of an omnibus. The legislation has a strong shot—but we need you to help prove to your legislators that people care about this issue!
Manufacturers shouldn’t be able to restrict our right to fix things. Minnesotans, legislators need to hear from you! Why does repair matter? Call or write—we’ll track down their contact information for you below.
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Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.
Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.
Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.
It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Minnesota!