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S. 1250 (96th): Stevenson Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980

About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (Pub.L. 96–480) (94 Stat. 2311) was the first major U.S. technology transfer law. It required federal laboratories to actively participate in and budget for technology transfer activities.

The Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act was signed into law by the thirty-ninth President of the United States Jimmy Carter on October 21, 1980.

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Sponsor and status

May 24, 1979
96th Congress (1979–1980)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 21, 1980

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 21, 1980.

Pub.L. 96-480

Adlai Stevenson

Senator for Illinois



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Last Updated: Oct 21, 1980


11 Cosponsors (9 Democrats, 2 Republicans)



May 24, 1979

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May 15, 1980
Ordered Reported

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May 28, 1980
Passed Senate (House next)

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Sep 8, 1980
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Oct 21, 1980
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Oct 21, 1980
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

S. 1250 (96th) 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 S. 1250. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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