A report on legislation passed by the Senate in 2017
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Senate Opens 2018 Legislative Calendar
I was honored to serve on a ceremonial “escort” committee on Tuesday, January 2, for Senator Joe Scarnati (on my right) as he was sworn in to serve as Senate President Pro-Tempore for 2018.
Legislation Enacted in 2017
Senate Bill 250 authorizes a $15 million transfer from the Unemployment Compensation Fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund. (Act 1 of 2017)
House Bill 224 provides civil immunity to trained school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors (epi-pens) to students. (Act 2 of 2017)
House Bill 23 adds acute stroke-ready hospitals and comprehensive stroke centers to the provisions of the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act. (Act 4 of 2017)
Senate Bill 1 would provide three options for new employees and teachers. They could opt for a defined benefit plan, similar to a 401k, or one of two hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution plans, with different levels of employee contributions and benefits. (Act 5 of 2017)
House Bill 202 eliminates the statutory requirement for the development and implementation of Keystone Exams in English Composition, Algebra II, Geometry, U.S. History, Chemistry, Civics and Government, and World History. (Act 6 of 2017)
House Bill 151 amends Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) to define “agent.” (Act 7 of 2017)
House Bill 267 adds the new offense of theft of secondary metal. Secondary metal is defined as wire, pipe or cable commonly used by communications, gas, water, wastewater, and electrical utilities and railroads and mass transit or commuter rail agencies, copper, aluminum or other metal, or a combination of metals valuable for recycling or reuse as raw material. (Act 8 of 2017)
House Bill 168 makes it a crime to anyone to fraudulently present themselves as a soldier or a veteran of any branch of the armed forces, or to be the recipient of a service medal or other military decoration. (Act 9 of 2017)
House Bill 1238 updates and clarifies the existing animal abuse statute and increases the penalties for abusing any animal. (Act 10 of 2017)
House Bill 93 renames a highway. (Act 11 of 2017)
House Bill 217 amends the Crimes Code concerning endangering the welfare of children. (Act 12 of 2017)
Senate Bill 8 reforms state law regarding the seizure and forfeiture of property. (Act 13 of 2017)
House Bill 239 establishes a Rare Disease Advisory Council in the Department of Health. (Act 14 of 2017)
House Bill 283 is a bridge renaming bill. (Act 15 of 2017)
House Bill 423 creates a specific process for second class townships to address a vacancy in the office of Supervisor due to a resignation. (Act 16 of 2017)
House Bill 424 allows physician assistants to sign a death certificate for a patient under their care. (Act 17 of 2017)
House Bill 1219 renames a bridge. (Act 18 of 2017)
House Bill 1269 provides that municipal authorities serving five or more municipalities and imposing tapping fees for a project will have the deadline to start construction on the project increased from 15 years to 20 years. (Act 19 of 2017)
Senate Bill 288 increases fines and suspends the licenses of repeat offenders of Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law. (Act 20 of 2017)
Senate Bill 365 updates the Second Class Township Code regarding the selling of township personal property without requesting bids. (Act 21 of 2017)
Senate Bill 560 amends the Wiretap Act to allow police officers to use body-worn cameras. (Act 22 of 2017)
House Bill 422 amends the First Class Township Code clarifying proof of residency of officials, bonding requirements and the handling of vacancies. (Act 23 of 2017)
House Bill 1426 allows certain trucks, combinations, or loads to operate during holiday periods. (Act 24 of 2017)
House Bill 1494 authorizes the Commonwealth to enter into federal cooperative agreements to conduct forest management activities upon federal lands. (Act 25 of 2017)
Senate Bill 144 amends the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act to allow the use of “alternative systems” for planning purposes. (Act 26 of 2017)
Senate Bill 289 renames several bridges. (Act 27 of 2017)
Senate Bill 399 clarifies the Second Class Township Code to stipulate that township supervisors shall not hold any other elective township office or appointed position in the township that is prohibited by the code or any other state law. (Act 28 of 2017)
Senate Bill 527 creates an independent Office of Inspector General. (Act 29 of 2017)
Senate Bill 553 provides for chemical testing and other measures related to driving after imbibing alcohol or using drugs. (Act 30 of 2017)
Senate Bill 589 increases the maximum allowable gross weight for commercial vehicles powered by natural gas from 80,000 pounds to 82,000 pounds. (Act 31 of 2017)
Senate Bill 624 amends the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act, providing for planned subsidence and for retroactivity. (Act 32 of 2017)
House Bill 45 allows eligible patients to request and use investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as the patient has a terminal illness and meets other requirements. (Act 33 of 2017)
House Bill 103 renames a bridge. (Act 34 of 2017)
House Bill 176 exempts roadside agricultural stands from the state Uniform Construction Code. (Act 35 of 2017)
House Bill 409 makes comprehensive changes to the process used by the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to evaluate and adopt building code updates. (Act 36 of 2017)
House Bill 1288 adds optometrists to the list of medical providers who may certify an application for a disability placard or registration plate. (Act 37 of 2017)
House Bill 16 amends the Local Tax Collection Law to prohibit tax payments to an account in an individual’s name and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax purposes. (Act 38 of 2017)
House Bill 46 allows taxpayers to designate a portion of their state income tax refund for pediatric cancer research beginning with tax year 2018 filings. (Act 39 of 2017)
House Bill 118 includes omnibus amendments to the Administrative Code as part of the FY 2017-18 budget package. (Act 40 of 2017)
House Bill 203 increases the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for the decedent’s final paycheck from $5,000 to $10,000. (Act 41 of 2017)
House Bill 271 expands gaming options in Pennsylvania. (Act 42 of 2017)
House Bill 542 includes omnibus amendments to the Tax Reform Code as part of the FY 2017-18 budget package. (Act 43 of 2017)
House Bill 674 amends the Fiscal Code as part of the FY 2017-18 budget package. (Act 44 of 2017)
House Bill 785 amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act. (Act 45 of 2017)
House Bill 790 establishes the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act to provide for the regulation of noxious weeds and controlled plants and repeals the Noxious Weed Control Law. (Act 46 of 2017)
House Bill 1287 is a land conveyance bill. (Act 47 of 2017)
Senate Bill 181 establishes a performance-based budget component. (Act 48 of 2017)
Senate Bill 222 adds Court of Common Pleas judges in several counties. (Act 49 of 2017)
Senate Bill 242 transfers enforcement authority for the Pennsylvania One Call System from the Department of Labor & Industry to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. (Act 50 of 2017)
Senate Bill 260 addresses representation of crime victims on the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. (Act 51 of 2017)
Senate Bill 651 is the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Act 52 of 2017)
Senate Bill 690 establishes a mechanism for the initial apportionment of any home rule or optional plan municipality without a mayor that will be dividing into wards either partially or totally. (Act 53 of 2017)
Senate Bill 691 establishes uniform residential qualifications of office for persons seeking election to, or appointment to fill a vacancy in, a municipal elected office where recent service in the military might interfere with the person’s ability to satisfy the relevant residency requirements. (Act 54 of 2017)
House Bill 178 includes omnibus amendments to the Public School Code. (Act 55 of 2017)
House Bill 165 creates the Pennsylvania Achievement Medal and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award and adds those two new decorations to the list of existing medals, badges, and awards that are authorized and presented by the Governor in the name of the Commonwealth. (Act 56 of 2017)
Senate Bill 785 would allow golf carts on public highway crossovers for recreational purposes as well as allow golf carts and low-speed utility vehicles to be used on highways for maintenance purposes. (Act 57 of 2017)
House Bill 1388 changes the expiration date of CHIP from December 31, 2017, to December 31, 2019. (Act 58 of 2017)
Senate Bill 446 provides for the regulation and certification of addiction recovery houses. (Act 59 of 2017)
House Bill 1915 provides multi-year funding for the Unemployment Compensation program to end its reliance on the supplemental transfers to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund. (Act 60 of 2017)
House Bill 290 amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act to address a vacancy on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board. (Act 61 of 2017)
House Bill 425 extends the COLA exemption for PACE/PACENET recipients through December 31, 2019. (Act 62 of 2017)
House Bill 1009 releases Project 70 restrictions on properties. (Act 63 of 2017)
House Bill 1019 establishes procedures for the sale and purchase of a cemetery and reasonable access guidelines. (Act 64 of 2017)
House Bill 1490 places the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the oversight of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. (Act 65 of 2017)
House Bill 411 amends the state Bingo Law to increase monetary limits for payouts and jackpots. (Act 66 of 2017)
House Bill 561 repeals a sunset provision regarding administrative subpoenas in investigations involving child sexual exploitation or abuse. (Act 67 of 2017)
House Bill 1139 amends the Newborn Protection Act to expand the list of caregivers to whom a parent may surrender a newborn. (Act 68 of 2017)
House Bill 1231 establishes a veterans’ registry, within the Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide veterans with information regarding state benefits, programs, and services. (Act 69 of 2017)
House Bill 1234 amends the definition of ambulatory surgical facility in the Health Care Facilities Act to reflect that surgical procedures in the facility may not exceed 24 hours. (Act 70 of 2017)
House Bill 1420 sets new auditing thresholds for charitable organizations that receive annual contributions. (Act 71 of 2017)
House Bill 1421 makes changes to the filing time frame for Charitable Organizations, Professional Fundraising Counsels and Professional Solicitors. (Act 72 of 2017)
House Bill 1431 renames highways. (Act 73 of 2017)
House Bill 1778 renames a bridge in Philadelphia. (Act 74 of 2017)
House Bill 1902 makes various changes to the state Liquor Code. (Act 75 of 2017)
Senate Bill 252 amends the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s enabling act to assist in supporting private development. (Act 76 of 2017)
Senate Bill 458 provides new penalties for illegal household goods movers. (Act 77 of 2017)
Senate Bill 629 updates the Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act. (Act 78 of 2017)
Senate Bill 728 exempts Schedule V epilepsy drugs currently included in the state’s prescription drug monitoring program requirements. (Act 79 of 2017)
Senate Bill 736 authorizes parking authorities in Second Class A and Third Class cities to enforce and administer parking ordinances and resolutions. (Act 80 of 2017)
Senate Bill 751 provides for regulation and licensure of mortgage servicers. (Act 81 of 2017)
Senate Bill 921 conveys properties. (Act 82 of 2017)
Appropriations Bills Enacted in 2017
House Bill 218 is the General Appropriations Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Act 1A of 2017)
Senate Bill 680 provides for expenses of the State Employees' Retirement Board for Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Act 2A of 2017)
Senate Bill 681 provides for expenses of the Public School Employees' Retirement Board for Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Act 3A of 2017)
Senate Bill 682 provides Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding to the Department of State for use by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. (Act 4A of 2017)
Senate Bill 683 provides Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding to the Department of Labor & Industry and the Department of Community & Economic Development to provide for the expenses of administering the Workers' Compensation Act. (Act 5A of 2017)
Senate Bill 684 provides Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for the Public Utility Commission. (Act 6A of 2017)
Senate Bill 685 provides Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Office of Attorney General. (Act 7A of 2017)
Senate Bill 686 provides Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Department of Community & Economic Development. (Act 8A of 2017)
Senate Bill 687 makes appropriations from restricted revenue accounts within the State Gaming Fund and from the State Gaming Fund to the Attorney General, the Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Act 9A of 2017)
Senate Bill 688 makes appropriations from the Philadelphia Taxicab & Limousine Regulatory Fund and the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund to the Philadelphia Parking Authority for Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Act 10A of 2017)
Senate Bill 325 is Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for the University of Pennsylvania. (Act 11A)
Senate Bill 326 is Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for Penn State University. (Act 12A)
Senate Bill 327 is Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for the University of Pittsburgh. (Act 13A)
Senate Bill 328 is Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for Temple University. (Act 14A)
Senate Bill 329 is Fiscal Year 2017-18 funding for Lincoln University. (Act 15A)
Legislation Vetoed by the Governor in 2017
House Bill 1071 prohibits political subdivisions from imposing a recyclable plastic bag ban or levying a fee, surcharge or tax on plastic bags. (Veto 1 of 2017)
House Bill 59 includes omnibus amendments to the Human Services Code as part of the FY 2017-18 budget package. (Veto 2 of 2017)
Senate Bill 3, which I voted against, amends the Abortion Control Act to reduce the maximum gestational age for legal abortions from 24 to 20 weeks and prohibits dismemberment abortion. (Veto 3 of 2017)
Legislation Passed by the Senate in 2017
Senate Bill 5 prevents local jurisdictions from imposing firearms ordinances more restrictive than laws passed by the General Assembly.
Senate Resolution 5 establishes a Women’s Veterans’ Health Care task force to address the needs of Pennsylvania’s growing female veteran population.
Senate Bill 6 is designed to eradicate waste, fraud, and abuse within the Commonwealth's Public Welfare Code.
Senate Bill 10 holds a “municipality of refuge” accountable for not enforcing state and federal laws relating to immigration.
Senate Bill 25 amends the state’s Professional Nursing Law to provide for the licensure of certified nurse practitioners by the State Board of Nursing.
Senate Bill 30 gives the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for licenses.
Senate Resolution 33 establishes a task force to study lead exposure in Pennsylvania.
Senate Resolution 34 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study and issue a report on the long-term sustainability and viability of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Senate Bill 53 would permanently allow for distance education inclusion in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency State Grant Program.
Senate Resolution 75 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to review how Pennsylvania accounts for and analyzes forensic evidence kits (rape kits).
Senate Resolution 76 directs the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of increasing passenger rail service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Senate Bill 95 addresses lawsuits filed against a person or organization for statements made or positions taken in connection with a matter of public interest or regulation.
Senate Bill 108 prohibits the discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.
Senate Bill 113 would allow family members to have access and visitation rights with regard to a family member who is incapacitated and under court-appointed guardianship.
Senate Bill 123 adds falconry to the list of exemptions for Sunday hunting.
Senate Bill 135 would permit the use of a leashed tracking dog to track white-tailed deer to recover an animal which has been legally harvested or wounded.
Senate Bill 137 codifies the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General.
Senate Bill 138 gives royalty interest owners the opportunity to inspect records of the gas company to verify proper payment. It also requires that proceeds from production of oil and gas be paid within 90 days unless otherwise stated in the lease.
Senate Bill 139 prohibits gas companies from retaliating against a royalty owner by terminating the lease agreement or ceasing development simply because the landowner questions the accuracy of the royalty payments.
Senate Bill 143 makes changes to the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board.
Senate Resolution 154 is a concurrent resolution that repeals the part of the Real Property Disposition Plan Number 1 of 2013 that authorized the Department of General Services to sell the New Castle Youth Development Center property.
Senate Bill 166 ensures that political campaign funds are not collected by public sector unions through government-provided mechanisms with taxpayer resources.
Senate Resolution 168 directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to analyze the potential impact of removing Cambria County from the emissions testing program.
Senate Bill 169 requires lobbyists to register and file reports electronically with the Department of State and that information be posted within seven days.
Senate Bill 170 requires comprehensive reform measures at the Delaware River Port Authority.
Senate Bill 171 requires Senate confirmation of the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
Senate Bill 178 updates and modernizes the state History Code.
Senate Bill 180 updates and revises state law relating to organ and tissue donations.
Senate Bill 192 gives the Pennsylvania Game Commission the authority to set hunting and fur-taking license fees.
Senate Bill 196 allows judges to order an electronic monitoring device on a defendant in a protection from abuse order.
Senate Bill 201 provides for “like-kind” exchange tax deferrals.
Senate Bill 211 enhances the PA 2-1-1 system.
Senate Bill 227 gives school boards new options regarding superintendent contracts.
Senate Bill 241 prohibits sexual discrimination in employee pay rates.
Senate Bill 251 would permit all municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement.
Senate Bill 261 eliminates the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes and gives victims additional time to file civil actions against their abuser. Currently, victims have until age 30 to file a civil claim. Senate Bill 261 would set the deadline at 50 years of age.
Senate Bill 265 would designate the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg as the Senator Harold Mowery Market Street Bridge.
Senate Bill 269 amends the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.
Senate Bill 274 officially recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists under Pennsylvania statute.
Senate Bill 303 addresses Project 70 restrictions on lands owned by the Borough of Topton.
Senate Bill 353 a land conveyance bill.
Senate Bill 354 strengthens licensee reporting requirements to the Department of State.
Senate Bill 383 clarifies the authority school boards have to allow certain school employees to carry firearms on school property to further enhance security measures.
Senate Bill 403 removes the Governor’s appointment of an FBI Agent to the Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission and replace it with a Governor’s appointment of a member of the State Fraternal Order of Police.
Senate Bill 431 increases fines for littering.
Senate Bill 434 would reduce the allotted period of time that is necessary in order to acquire a title of a blighted or abandoned property through adverse possession under various situations and circumstances.
Senate Bill 449 would allow Magisterial District Judges to use a risk assessment tool when determining bail in domestic violence cases.
House Bill 453 includes omnibus amendments to the Fiscal Code as part of the FY 2017-18 budget package.
Senate Bill 461 would modernize and strengthen the use of DNA technology to better fight violent crime in Pennsylvania.
Senate Bill 472 limits the prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid to seven days.
Senate Bill 496 provides additional sentencing provisions for trespassing at gaming establishments.
Senate Bill 497 eliminates the “waste” designation for steel slag when it is sold as a commodity and is not a discarded material.
Senate Bill 499 would allow the Board of Prison Inspectors in Eighth Class counties to meet less frequently.
Senate Bill 510 increases the penalty for threatening law enforcement officers, sheriffs, or members of their family.
Senate Bill 523 amends the Crime Victims Act to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Senate Bill 529 provides those with low-level, nonviolent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.
Senate Bill 530 updates Act 136 of 1998, the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act.
Senate Bill 540 allows students who are performing at events and funerals honoring our veterans to be excused from school, and allow that time to be counted toward volunteering or community service requirements.
Senate Bill 542 permits pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for up to 30 days pursuant to certain restrictions.
Senate Bill 552 redirects funds from the Veterans Trust Fund that came from the Pennsylvania Monuments License Registration Plate to the new Pennsylvania Veterans' Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund and would require those funds be used for the operation and maintenance of monuments designated by Department of Military & Veterans Affairs in consultation with the State Veterans’ Commission.
Senate Bill 561 would require the approval of the General Assembly and the Governor for all new regulations with an economic impact or cost exceeding $1 million to the Commonwealth, its political subdivisions, and the private sector.
Senate Bill 564 requires PENNDOT to include protective fencing in the construction of new bridges and major renovations of existing bridges over interstate highways.
Senate Bill 590 increases the service charge for bad checks.
Senate Bill 625 requires the flying of a POW/MIA flag at rest areas and welcome centers.
Senate Bill 630 reforms insurance licensure requirements for travel agents.
Senate Bill 639 amends the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Act to allow municipalities or municipal authorities to include private lateral rehabilitation or replacement in PENNVEST funding applications under certain conditions.
Senate Bill 646 amends Act 101 of 1988, the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.
Senate Bill 656 would allow municipalities and municipal authorities to make public funds available to repair or replace contaminated private water lines when they pose a threat to the public health or safety.
Senate Bill 662 establishes a second degree felony for the delivery or distribution of an illicit drug that results in "serious bodily injury" to the user.
Senate Bill 663 requires a municipality to contract with at least three third party agencies and amends the Uniform Construction Code Act to eliminate the current “monopoly.”
Senate Bill 676 addresses ongoing funding deficiencies in the Workers’ Compensation Uninsured Employers Guarantee Fund.
Senate Bill 677 provides that contributions into a PA ABLE account may be deducted annually from taxable income up to a maximum of the annual federal gift tax exclusion (currently $14,000) per beneficiary. It also provides that any distributions from or changes to a PA ABLE account that are not subject to federal income tax will not be subject to Pennsylvania state income tax.
Senate Bill 697 is the Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
Senate Bill 741 addresses sunset provisions related to funding for the courts and indigent legal services.
Senate Bill 764 creates a recreational vehicle (RV) specific law which would govern RV dealers, manufacturers, and salespeople.
Senate Bill 790 establishes a charitable trust to help reverse the direction of prison-bound youth.
Senate Bill 798 allows the appointment of a one-star or two-star military officer to the Military Enhancement Commission.
Senate Bill 822 requires the flying of a POW/MIA flag at state-owned properties.
Senate Bill 826 is a land conveyance bill.
Senate Bill 837 is a highway renaming bill.
Senate Bill 844 expands the legal standing for individuals seeking to gain custody of children where both biological parents are absent, whether due to death or for other reasons.
Senate Bill 877 amends the Insurance Department Act to allow producers and insurers to spend as much as $100 in marketing insurance to a client or prospective client.
Senate Bill 878 amends the Insurance Company Law to allow producers and insurers to spend as much as $100 in marketing insurance to a client or prospective client.
Senate Bill 887 is a highway renaming bill.
Senate Bill 888 would improve access to disabled parking spaces by prohibiting the obstruction of access aisles and strengthening enforcement measures.
Senate Bill 892 amends the Chiropractic Practice Act to provide clarity on the topic of clinical training.
Senate Bill 894 renames roads and bridges.
Senate Bill 900 transfers a property title.
Senate Bill 935 addresses time of service for the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Senate Bill 936 requires the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation program.
House Bill 1175 amends state law relating to lobbying disclosure to provide for an electronic registration filing system and to increase fines and penalties for violations of the act. The bill was returned to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.
House Bill 1285 is a constitutional amendment that would allow for the elimination of residential school property taxes through the homestead exclusion. The bill was returned to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.
House Bill 1602 renames several bridges. The bill was returned to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.
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