Compromise On Mass. ‘Right To Repair’ Bill May Have Come Too Late

July 31, 2012 12:00 AM
Compromise On Mass. ‘Right To Repair’ Bill May Have Come Too Late
" BOSTON (AP) — Opposing sides in the dispute over whether automakers should be required to provide software needed to diagnose car trouble to independent repair shops and vehicles owners announced Tuesday they had reached a compromise, but it was unclear if lawmakers could act on the deal before the midnight close of the legislative session.

The proposed compromise, outlined in a letter to legislative leaders, is aimed at avoiding what was expected to be an expensive campaign waged over a so-called “Right to Repair” question that will appear on the November ballot in Massachusetts.

“We believe that this bill ensures an acceptable agreement that will safeguard all of the stakeholders. It will preserve choice for Massachusetts vehicle owners, protect manufacturers’ intellectual property, preserve the integrity of the role of the dealer in the repair process, and continue innovation in motor vehicle diagnostics,” stated the letter, signed by leaders of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Global Automakers and the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association.

Rep. Theodore Speliotis, D-Danvers, House chairman of the committee that considered earlier versions of the bill, said the panel voted 15-0 in a telephone poll Tuesday to support the compromise "

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