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State Legislative Roundup

Only 12 states are still in their regular legislative sessions, though several will inevitably be back for special sessions through the summer and fall. Those states still in session will be racing to finish before their sessions officially end - or the 2018 election campaigns require a break until November. ISRI is currently tracking almost 900 bills and regulations impacting the recycling industry, and over 100 of those directly target electronics.

Electronics Recycling Law Amendments
Illinois continues to work towards allowing CRTs to be stored in landfills for future retrieval while barring independent accreditation organizations (such as SERI with the R2 Standard) from penalizing such companies. The current version was substitute amended into Illinois HB 1439 and has passed both chambers.

In Maine, LD 1847 was passed despite a veto by Governor LePage. The overall impact appears to be to remove computers that don't include integrated displays, exempt cellphones, and change manufacturer responsibilities to market share for all items (currently return share for computer products and market share for TVs). This effectively relieves manufacturers of older TVs from some of the responsibility for their products by grouping computer monitors, laptops, and tablets into the same category as TVs. Responsibility for recycling payments is then based on each company's current market share of sales instead of the weight of electronics with their brands that were recycled.

Right to Repair
While many states have showed some interest in Right to Repair legislation (ISRI tracked 26 bills that were introduced or saw movement so far this year), the issue is still working to gain traction in the legislatures.

Vermont SB 180 has come the closest to passage so far this year; although the bill was amended from a model electronics right to repair requirement into a study bill, versions were still passed by both chambers of the state legislature. Unfortunately, the versions were not concurred before the regular session ended, and while Vermont is currently back for a special session, they are reportedly focused on hammering out differences in budget and tax bills to avoid a shutdown on July 1. 

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