According to a March 12 report on vice.com, Maryland is poised to pass right to repair legislation that would require electronics manufacturers like Apple, Microsoft, John Deere and dozens of others to sell repair parts to the public and to make repair manuals and tools available to everyone.
The published report says, “Maryland has suddenly become the most interesting state considering right to repair. It’s the first state where its attorney general has officially supported legislation that would make it easier for consumers to repair their electronics; the electronics industry, meanwhile, continues to vehemently oppose it.
“Both Maryland’s House and Senate had right-to-repair hearings on Wednesday. Both bills have wide support in the legislature and, in an unprecedented move, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection advocating for the bills, which specifically took issue with the common refrain from manufacturers that right to repair would hurt device security.”