Hell, the very fact that government is considering these expansions of power is a benefit to government. They don't work for free. I'm sure this is one reason why the issue keeps coming back from the dead: every time it raises its ugly head, government makes a buck.
I would also take issue with the story's wording -- to "legalize" patents doesn't make any sense. The term "legalizing" refers to the de-criminalizing of criminalized acts (typically acts of non-aggression, those which aren't criminal by human nature but only by the arbitrary rule of government). A more sensible term for the story to use would be "imposing".