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Spartz’s humanity bill clears committee; visiting counties

– Rep. Spartz’s patents for Humanity Act passes Judiciary Committee, heads to House Floor

H.R. 5796, the Patents for Humanity Act, led by U.S. Reps. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Committee this week. The Patents for Humanity Act will codify into law an expedited process to obtain patents for innovators who use game-changing technology to meet humanitarian challenges. 

“This pandemic highlighted the importance of speed and agility in developing innovative solutions to benefit our society,” Spartz said. “I appreciate Rep. Jeffries’ leadership and bipartisan collaboration.”

“The framers of our constitution and the founders of our great country understood that society would benefit if we incentivize creativity and innovation,” Jeffries added. “That’s why Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power to create a robust intellectual property system to promote the progress of science and useful arts. The Patents for Humanity Act builds on this principle in practice by helping creators fast-track innovations that better our global community through the patent process. I thank Rep. Spartz for her leadership and partnership on this important legislation.”

H.R. 5796 will now head to the Floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

– Spartz visiting Blackford, Grant, Madison counties

Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) is going to be a busy lady next Saturday. She’ll be holding town hall meetings in three different towns across Indiana’s fifth congressional district Saturday — Alexandria, Fairmount and Hartford City on Dec. 18. 

Spartz will start the day at 9 a.m. at Emory Lee Facility, Beulah Park, in Alexandria. At 11, she’ll be at the Fairmount Public Library and then wrap up at the Blackford County Courthouse at 1 p.m. in Hartford City

Spartz has already had town halls in Arcadia, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Noblesville, Sheridan, Westfield, Elwood, Gas City, Greentown, Indianapolis, Lawrence, Marion, Pendleton, Tipton, Anderson, and Zionsville.