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2022

Minnesota House: HF1156: Digital Fair Repair

  • At the close of the session, the bill was also added to the Senate omnibus bill, however, due to partisan gridlock, few omnibus bills were passed, so the measure did not pass.
  • March 31, 2022 - HF1156 was adopted as an amendment to the House Judiciary Committee omnibus bill (HF1404). The bill passed on the House floor.
  • February 22, 2022 - Hearing in House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law (recording). Reuse Minnesota submitted a letter of support and provided verbal testimony. Bill was passed out of committee and referred to the general register.
  • February 2, 2022 - Hearing in House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee (recording). Reuse Minnesota submitted a letter of support. Bill was passed out of committee and referred to House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law. 

2019

MN Right to Repair Coalition work led by Environment Minnesota

March 8 - Thank you to those of you who joined us for Reuse Minnesota's February webinar on the Fair Repair legislation pending in Minnesota. This is an exciting time for the Fair Repair bill as it has started to be heard in the MN House Committees!

The passing of this bill is an important opportunity for Minnesota communities and local businesses by requiring electronics manufacturers provide consumers and independent repair shops with access to replacement parts, tools, manuals, software, and firmware. We've included a brief update on the MN Fair Repair bill, along with ways you can be involved in Minnesota becoming the first state to pass this legislation.

Update

  • The Fair Repair bill has been pending in Minnesota for the past five years, but this year has the strongest coalition and community support to-date.
  • HF1138 (Fair Repair bill) passed out of the MN House Commerce Committee on Friday, March 8th, and will be referred for the next hearing with the House Judiciary Finance & Civil Law Committee on Tuesday, March 12th.
  • The coalition is in the process of engaging testifiers and gathering support for the hearing.

How YOU can help before the next hearing

  1. Contact your representatives: Find your MN House representative and call, or write a message at https://minnesota.repair.org/ to request their support for the Fair Repair bill. You can communicate the environmental opportunity to reduce eWaste through greater repair (on average America throws out 416,000 phones per day), the economic opportunity for creating jobs as the first state to pass this bill, and the equity and fairness opportunity within electronic repair by making this information accessible.
  2. Contact the House Judiciary Committee: Call or email members of the House Judiciary Committee, and share your support for the Fair Repair bill (HF 1138) and ask them to vote in favor of it at the upcoming hearing.
  3. Come to the hearing and testify: Show your support in person by attending the hearing next Tuesday. Contact Tim Schaefer, the Minnesota coalition lead, if you would like to receive an update on the timing and location. 
  4. Thank the representatives moving this bill forward.
  • Email Rep. Fischer (rep.peter.fischer@house.mn), and thank him for his commitment to this legislation and the positive impact it will have on businesses, communities, and the environment.
  • Email Rep. Halverson (rep.laurie.halverson@house.mn), and thank her for the time she gave as the House Commerce Chair during the hearing on Friday, March 8.

2017

February 20 - Minnesota has a chance to become the first state in the nation to pass "Fair Repair" legislation. The Fair Repair bill, SF 15 in the Senate and HF 287 in the House, guarantees our right to repair digital equipment like computers, refrigerators, cell phones and tractors. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair shops with access to repair information and replacement parts — so you have the resources you need to fix things quickly and affordably.

Fair Repair will help you save money and create good jobs in our state.

Repair jobs are well-paying jobs all over Minnesota, and the proposed bill could help bring even more jobs to regions of Minnesota that need them.

2011 MPCA analysis shows that average weekly wage for electronics and machinery repair ranges from $902 – $1,093. For comparison, DEED data shows average weekly wage for construction is $1,139, manufacturing is $1,164, and mining is $820. The Fair Repair bill could bring back the neighborhood TV repair man!

Fair Repair will keep our air, water and land clean and reduce disposal costs.

Fair Repair will help slow the flow of toxic, hard-to-recycle, e-waste that is a huge problem in Minnesota. Managing e-waste is a big expense for our cities and counties — which means it's a big expense for us. Keeping our electronics in use longer is the most powerful, effective method for reducing the financial and environmental costs of e-waste.

We need your help. Manufacturers don't want a Fair Repair bill. 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.

Tell your legislators that you want the right to repair your electronics. Tell them you support the Fair Repair bills, SF 15 and HF 287 and you want them to work to pass it. Fair Repair is good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for Minnesota’s economy.

Tell your legislators you want Fair Repair. This site makes it easy to call or write them.

Reuse Minnesota contacted Senator Dahms about the bill. See the letter here. Here’s a template that can help you in your phone and letter writing outreach efforts. Share these resources with your networks and help Minnesota pass this groundbreaking legislation.

Reuse Minnesota was founded in 2012 and is a member-based nonprofit that supports repair, resale, and rental businesses, bringing visibility to the reuse sector as a means to lower our state's impact on the environment.


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