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Bill Detail: HB20-1195

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Title Consumer Digital Repair Bill Of Rights
Status House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors J. Singer (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/30/2020
Description

Usually, an owner of digital electronic equipment (equipment),
such as cell phones and tablets, must seek diagnostic, maintenance, or

repair services of the equipment from the original equipment
manufacturer (manufacturer) or an authorized repair provider affiliated
with the manufacturer.
The bill requires a manufacturer to provide parts, embedded
software, tools, or documentation, such as diagnostic, maintenance, or
repair manuals, diagrams, or similar information, to independent repair
providers and owners of the manufacturer's equipment to allow an
independent repair provider or owner to conduct diagnostic, maintenance,
or repair services. A manufacturer's failure to comply with the
requirement is an unfair or deceptive trade practice. Manufacturers need
not divulge any trade secrets to independent repair providers and owners.
Any contractual provision or other arrangement that a
manufacturer enters into that would remove or limit the manufacturer's
obligation to provide these resources to independent repair providers and
owners is void and unenforceable.

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