Question 1, the so-called “right to repair” law, was supposed to be a big battle between auto dealerships and non-affiliated repair shops over access to certain diagnostic and repair information which, previously, was only available if you took your car to a dealership for repairs. There’s more detail on the question itself at this link, which contains the official summary and the arguments set forth by proponents and opponents.
My initial inclination was to vote “yes” on question 1. However, after it was too late to remove the question from the ballot, the legislature enacted and the Governor signed a compromise bill that (at the time at least) was supported by both sides. The new legislation makes Massachusetts the first state in the country to deal with this issue.
When that legislation became law, advocates for both sides said they would join together in a campaign to persuade voters either to vote “no,” or to blank the question. But now, it seems, the “yes on 1″ forces have had a change of heart, and are now thinking that maybe getting the ballot question passed wouldn’t be so bad after all, even despite the compromise.
To which I say, “bah.” These kinds of issues should ordinarily be worked out through the legislative process. In this case, they were. I don’t really care that advocates on one side or the other now think they can get a better deal via the ballot. The legislative process worked, and the legislature’s solution should be honored. If there are problems in the new law, I’m sure the Great and General Court is more than capable of ironing them out.
Vote NO on 1.