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Maine Begins Consideration of R2R Law

March 08, 2013
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Maine State Rep. Bernard Ayotte (R-3) recently introduced Right to Repair legislation (HB 539) that is said to be "similar" to the R2R law adopted in Massachusetts last year.

Maine's HB 539 would require OEMs "to make available to vehicle owners and independent motor vehicle repair facilities diagnostic and repair information and equipment at no more than fair market value and in a way that does not unfairly favor the manufacturers’ dealers and authorized repair facilities."

The Automotive Service Association, which has resisted every Right to Repair effort nationally and within states, immediately came out against Rep. Ayotte’s proposal. 

The Massachusetts R2R law was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor last year. In addition, voters in Massachusetts approved a ballot initiative establishing a new Right to Repair law in Massachusetts.