With the introduction of AB 221 in Nevada on Tuesday, 25 states across the country have considered active Right to Repair legislation so far in 2021, demonstrating the widespread appeal of the policy, advocates say. These bills would reform existing laws to require manufacturers of electronic equipment to provide access to necessary items such as manuals, spare parts, diagnostics and special tools so people can repair their devices. In some states, the legislation targets farm or medical equipment, while in other states, the bills apply broadly.

“If you thought that consumers were going to let manufacturers take away our ability to fix the things we own lying down, you have another thing coming,” says U.S. PIRG Right to Repair Campaign Director Nathan Proctor. “People just want to fix their stuff, and they’ve been clamoring—here, there and everywhere—for lawmakers to protect their right to repair.” 

“We see and feel the momentum building. Legislation is moving not just in the United States, but also around the globe,” adds Gay Gordon-Byrne, the executive director of Repair.org, which represents the independent repair industry. “The time for manufacturers to get on the right side of their customers—and history—is now.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped increase urgency for Right to Repair efforts. Lack of access to local repair options has proved to be a major hurdle for hospitals, in particular, Right to Repair advocates say.

“When the manufacturer or their ‘authorized’ service providers are the only options to repair items, it raises costs for consumers and makes the whole system fragile,” says Proctor. “When the coronavirus pandemic shut down big box stores, people didn’t have options to fix their devices, and their frustration helped to fuel the energy behind our efforts this year. This issue isn’t going away until lawmakers deliver for consumers.”

“It’s high time we restore competition to local repair markets,” adds Kyle Wiens, iFixit CEO. “This is simple. Just let us fix our stuff. Across the nation, lawmakers, consumers, and local businesses are all on the same page. It’s time to get these laws passed.”

The full list of states and bills, and the equipment covered, is below:
1. ArkansasSB 461 (ag equipment)
2. California: SB 605 (medical equipment; co-sponsored by iFixit)
3. Connecticut: HB 5255 and HB 5826(all non-car devices), and HB 6216 (cars)
4. ColoradoHB 1199 (all non-car and non-medical equipment)
5. DelawareHB 22 (all non-car devices)
6. Florida: S 374 and  H 0511 (ag equipment)
7. Hawaii: SB 760 (medical equipment), SB 564 (all non-car devices), HB 415(consumer products), HB 226 (all non-car devices)
8. Illinois: HB 3061 (all non-car devices)
9. Kansas: HB 2309 (ag equipment)
10. Maryland: SB 412 and HB 84 (all non-car devices)
11. Massachusetts: HD 260 and SD 199(all non-car and non-medical equipment)
12. Missouri: HB 975 (ag equipment), HB 1118 (all non-car devices)
13. Minnesota: HF 1156 (all non-car and non-medical equipment)
14. Montana: HB 175 (all non-car and non-medical equipment) and HB 390and SB 273 (ag equipment) 
15. Nebraska: LB 543 (ag equipment) 
16. Nevada: AB 221 (all non-car devices)
17. New Jersey: A 1482 (all non-car devices) A 2906 (ag equipment) 
18. New Hampshire: HB 449 (home appliances)
19. New York: S04104 (all non-car and non-medical equipment) S149 (ag equipment)
20. Oklahoma: HB 1011 (all non-car devices)
21. Oregon: HB 2698 (all non-car and non-medical equipment)
22. South Carolina: H 3500 (ag equipment)
23. Texas: HB 2541 (medical equipment)
24. Vermont: H.58 and S.67 (ag equipment) 
25. Washington: HB 1212 (consumer devices)