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For all of us who rely on our roads and public transit, and our water, sewage and power systems, the agreement reached by President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders in May to commit $2 trillion to infrastructure should be good news.

Maryland and Maine are the first states in the U.S. to put a plastic foam container ban on the books, but other states aren't far behind.

This week both the state Senate and Assembly passed CALPIRG-backed bills to ensure much more of the single use plastic and packaging we use is actually recycled.

Leading cyber-security experts endorse right to repair

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

In many places, industry representatives, speaking for the manufacturers, say right to repair is a cybersecurity issue. If we let consumers or independent repair techs access tech manuals, diagnostic software or firmware patches it will mean the loss of security of our electronics … or so the claims go. It turns out that the who’s who of cyber-security experts disagree with these industry claims, and believe a more open repair market improves security. 

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California becomes 20th state in 2019 to consider Right to Repair bill

With the introduction of a bill in California, 20 states have considered legislation in 2019 that would help Americans fix their own stuff, rather than having to toss it out and buy new. California Assemblymember Susan Eggman (Stockton) filed the latest Right to Repair state bill, AB 1163, which closes a loophole in the state’s warranty law and requires companies to allow consumers access to parts and service information. 

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After warning companies that "Void Warranty if Removed" are illegal, the FTC is expanding their investigation into anti-repair practices

This announcement comes after the FTC sent warning letters last April to six companies saying their "void warranty if removed" stickers violated consumer rights under Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. A subsequent survey in October by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, "Warranties in the Void," showed that such anti-repair activity was even more widespread. The study surveyed 50 members of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and found the 45 would void warranties for independent repair. 

More than 10,000 Americans said "no" to plastic straws in February. Feb. 22 marked the third annual national Skip the Straw Day—a day created by Michigan middle school students who were fed up with plastic pollution and its impact on wildlife and the planet.

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