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2018 SESSION

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HB 20 Fair Repair Act; access to diagnostics, tools, services documentation, and firmware, penalties.

Introduced by: Mark L. Cole (by request) | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Fair Repair Act. Requires the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of digital electronic equipment to make available to independent repair providers or owners of equipment manufactured by the OEM the same diagnostic and repair information timely and for no charge, or for the same charge and in the same format the OEM makes available to its authorized repair providers. OEMs are also required to make available for purchase by the owner or an independent repair provider any diagnostic and repair equipment or service parts and tools on fair and reasonable terms. The measure does not apply to motor vehicles. A violation is a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act ( 59.1-196 et seq.). The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019.


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