BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill requiring car manufacturers to sell certain information to local mechanics, repair shops and car dealerships for repair purposes.

State senators passed the controversial measure late Thursday night. It now heads to the House of Representatives.

Under the legislation car makers would be mandated to allow vehicle owners and independent mechanics to purchase access to repair and diagnostic codes.

Supporters say it would bring savings and convenience. But opponents argue the bill doesn’t guarantee savings for consumers and say the information is already available to owners and mechanics.

Art Kinsman, of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition, said his organization is working to gather signatures to ensure the measure will be on the November ballot if it fails to pass in the Legislature.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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