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The legislative session in West Virginia began on January 9th, and almost immediately, on January 11th, a pair of Right to Repair bills were introduced, one in each chamber.  Both bills – H.B.4605 and S.B.306 –  are specific to agricultural equipment, though the Senate draft includes many more products in their definition. The Senate bill is sponsored by two Republicans, Senators Bill Hamilton and Vince Deeds. Meanwhile, the House draft is sponsored by a Democrat, Representative Kayla Young.

Both bills contain price-fixing language that mandates the sale of parts “at costs that are fair to both parties,” tools to be sold at net cost, and requires unfettered access to security locks and security-related functions of the equipment.

NAEDA has sent the bill sponsors our position statements and supporting materials, including an infographic providing facts about the reality of the repair landscape for farm equipment and a Coalition Letter from 27 regional and national associations that NEADA spearheads opposing the legislation. We also included a link to our association’s website that hosts the Memorandums of Understanding between the American Farm Bureau Federation and the manufacturers, which includes information on self-repair offerings from each of the OEMs.

We’re looking to meet with the bill sponsors to discuss their intent for introducing the bills and share our perspective on why legislation is unnecessary considering the MOUs and how our industry supports customer self-repair. The bills have not been scheduled for a hearing yet, and it is our goal to avoid that.

Dealer engagement in the legislative process is the most crucial factor in killing these bills. We’ll let you know about legislative developments and requests to participate in calls to action. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Director of Government Affairs Kipp McGuire.

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