Currently, digital devices and machines can only be repaired by technicians licensed by the original equipment manufacturer or with parts from exclusive manufacturer networks. Right to repair (R2R) legislation requires that manufacturers provide independent repair providers and users with the required information to repair digital devices in a timely and reasonable manner. Over the last four years, 27 states, including Missouri, have proposed R2R legislation. There are three bills in the Missouri Legislature (HB 2141, HB 2402, and SB 1086) discussing the right to repair and The Missouri Right to Repair Digital Electronic Equipment Initiative may appear as a ballot initiative during the November 2022 elections.
This Note has been updated. You can access the previous version here (published in November 2021).