Colorado is the first US State to pass right-to-repair legislation for farmers.
The Consumer Right to Repair Agriculture Equipment Act passed 46-14 in Colorado’s Senate late Tuesday night.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has 10 days to sign the bill into law and he is expected to do so, according to a spokesperson.
Equipment makers have generally required customers to use their authorized dealers for repairs on combines and tractors.
Colorado’s legislation would mandate farm machinery manufacturers to provide farmers with diagnostic tools, software documents, and repair manuals starting Jan. 1.
Similar resources must be made available to independent technicians.
Lawmakers amended the bill to include language that farmers and repair shops will not be authorized “to make modifications” to functions related to security or emissions.