INTRODUCED BY M. Sweeney, B. Bennett, J. Cohenour, P. Flowers, M. Fox, B. Gillespie, J. Gross, T. Jacobson, E. McClafferty, M. McNally, S. O'Brien, J. Pomnichowski, C. Pope, D. Sands, R. Tempel, S. Webber, R. Lynch
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT Generally revising laws related to the right to repair; providing for an agricultural right to repair; requiring manufacturers to make documentation, parts, and tools available for repair of electronics-enabled implements of husbandry; providing for enforcement under the montana consumer protection act; providing limitations; and PROVIDING DEFINITIONS."
(1) "Authorized repair provider" means an individual or business unaffiliated with an original equipment manufacturer that has an arrangement with an original equipment manufacturer under which the original equipment manufacturer grants to the individual or business a license to use a trade name, service mark, or other proprietary identifier for the purposes of offering diagnostic testing, maintenance, or repair of electronics-enabled implements of husbandry under the name of the original equipment manufacturer, or another arrangement with the original equipment manufacturer to offer the services on behalf of the original equipment manufacturer.
(2) "Documentation" means any manual, diagram, reporting output, service code description, schematic, or other guidance or information used in effecting the services of diagnostic testing, maintenance, or repair of electronics-enabled implements of husbandry.
(3) "Electronics-enabled implement of husbandry" means an implement of husbandry as defined in 61-1-101 that depends for its functioning, in whole or in part, on digital electronics embedded in or attached to it.
(4) "Embedded software" means any programmable instruction provided on firmware delivered with electronics-enabled implements of husbandry or with a part for an implement of husbandry for purposes of equipment operation, including all relevant patches and fixes made by the manufacturer of the equipment or part for these purposes.
(5) "Fair and reasonable terms" means costs and terms that are equivalent to the most favorable costs and terms under which an original equipment manufacturer offers the documentation, part, or tool, to an authorized repair provider, less any discounts, rebates, or other incentive programs.
(6) "Firmware" means an embedded software program or set of instructions programmed on electronics-enabled implements of husbandry or on a part of an implement of husbandry to allow the electronics-enabled implement of husbandry or part to communicate within itself or with other computer hardware.
(7) "Independent repair provider" means an individual or business operating in the state without an arrangement with an original equipment manufacturer that would make the individual or business an authorized repair provider, unaffiliated with an authorized repair provider, and engaged in the services of diagnostic testing, maintenance, or repair of electronics-enabled implements of husbandry.
(8) "Original equipment manufacturer" means a business allowing or engaged in the selling, leasing, or otherwise supplying of new electronics-enabled implements of husbandry to any individual or business.
(11) "Tool" means any software program, hardware implement, or other apparatus used for diagnostic testing, maintenance, or repair of electronics-enabled implements of husbandry, including software or other mechanisms that provision, program, or pair a new part, calibrate functionality, or perform any other function required to bring the product back to fully functional condition.
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Requirements. (1) For electronics-enabled implements of husbandry and parts for the implements of husbandry sold or used in the state, an original equipment manufacturer shall make available for purposes of diagnostic testing, maintenance, or repair of the implements of husbandry to any independent repair provider, to the owner of the implement of husbandry, or to the owner's agent, on fair and reasonable terms, documentation, parts, or tools.
(2) For electronics-enabled implements of husbandry that contain an electronic security lock or other security-related function, the original equipment manufacturer shall make available to any independent repair provider, to the owner of the implement of husbandry, or to the owner's agent, on fair and reasonable terms, any special documentation, parts, or tools needed to disable the lock or function and to reset the lock or function when disabled in the course of diagnostic testing, maintenance, or repair. Documentation, parts, or tools made available pursuant to this subsection may be made available by means of an appropriate secured system.
(3) Documentation provided electronically pursuant to this section must be provided at no cost. Documentation provided in print pursuant to this part may include a charge for the actual costs of preparing and sending the documentation.
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Enforcement. A violation of [section 3] is an unfair method of competition and an unfair act or practice. The department of justice may bring actions for violations of [section 3] pursuant to 30-14-111.
(2) to alter the terms of an arrangement between an original equipment manufacturer and an authorized repair provider, except that any provision in the terms that purports to waive, avoid, restrict, or limit the original equipment manufacturer's obligations under [this act] is void and unenforceable;
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Prepared by Montana Legislative Services