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H.R. 193 (113th): Seed Availability and Competition Act of 2013

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About the bill

This bill responds to farmer complaints that biotechnology companies have been restricting the use of their patented seeds to a single season. The bill would create a system to allow farmers to use the seeds past the first season at a price set by the government.

The communications director for the bill's sponsor, Rep. Kaptur (D-OH), said in a phone interview on Feb. 22, 2013, that she believed the biotechnology company Monsanto had come to dominate the seed industry in a disproportionate manner. “Monsanto became too big,” Steve Fought, the communications director, said. “Congresswoman Kaptur introduced the bill to correct what she saw as an imbalance.”

Here's how the system proposed by H.R. 193 would work:

  • Farmers who want to retain seeds harvested from the planting of patented seeds would …

Sponsor and status

Marcy Kaptur

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2013
Length: 5 pages
Jan 4, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Jan 4, 2013

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 193 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 193. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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