DENVER, CO – Representative Brianna Titone was named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union today for her crucial work in securing the first and only right to repair agriculture equipment law in the nation.
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as Legislator of the Year by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union,” said Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada. “At its core, right to repair empowers people to fix their own equipment, saving them time, money and resources along the way. Thanks to legislation we passed last year, Colorado’s farmers and ranchers have the freedom to fix their own equipment and save thousands of dollars on costly repairs. This right to repair agricultural equipment law is a huge step forward in my ongoing legislative efforts to equip Coloradans with the tools to fix their own stuff when it breaks.”
During the 2023 legislative session, Rep. Titone spearheaded HB23-1011, which requires agricultural equipment manufacturers to comply with existing consumer right to repair laws. Specifically, agricultural equipment manufacturers need to provide necessary parts, software, firmware, tools or documentation to independent repair providers and owners at a fair and reasonable price.
Agriculture is one of the largest and leading industries in the state of Colorado. HB23-1011 was supported by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the Corn Growers, Wheat Growers, Wool Producers, Fruit and Vegetable Producers, the Cattleman, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
In addition to HB23-1011, Representatives Titone and David Ortiz, D-Littleton, passed two trailblazing right to repair laws specifically for wheelchair users in 2022. These laws require wheelchair manufacturers to provide parts and software to consumers and eliminate the need for prior authorization to repair powered wheelchairs and other complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) for Medicaid recipients.