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Compromise Offered in Mass. ‘Right to Repair’ Bill

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Opposing sides say they’ve reached a compromise over whether to require car manufacturers to provide software needed to diagnose car trouble to independent repair shops and vehicle owners in Massachusetts.

The proposed compromise, announced Tuesday in a letter to legislative leaders, would have to be acted on by lawmakers by the end of the day to avoid an expensive ballot question campaign in November.

The letter was signed by groups including the Right to Repair Coalition, which supports the battle question, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which has opposed it.

Dan Gage, a spokesman for the alliance, said it was hoped the compromise would protect the interests and needs of both sides and ensure that repair information would remain available to car owners and service stations in the future.

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