This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by Senate Committees during the week of May 10-14. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/.
You can download the full summary report here.
Behavioral and Mental Health
Mental Health Support (HB 1805): Amends the Illinois Department of Human Services Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Illinois Department of Human Services shall permanently establish the Call4Calm text line to support Illinois residents’ mental health needs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Standardized Data Collection (HB 2394): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to collaborate to develop a standardized format for mental and behavioral health data collection, no later than Jan. 1, 2023.
No Contact Family Member (HB 1742): Allows a family or household member of a victim of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual sexual penetration to file a petition for a civil no contact order. However, the petition must include a statement that the victim has consented to the filing of the petition.
Parental Notification (HB 15): Requires all school districts (including Chicago Public Schools) to provide written notification to the parent or guardian of a student who commits an act of misconduct involving offensive touching, a physical altercation, or the use of violence. A school is to make reasonable attempts to provide a copy of any disciplinary report resulting from an investigation into a student’s act of misconduct to the student’s parent or guardian within two school days after the completion of the report.
Special Education Services (HB 40): Provides that a student whose 22nd birthday occurs during the school year is eligible for special education services through the end of the school year.
In-State Facility (HB 41): Offers that prior to the placement of a child in an out-of-state special education residential facility, a school district, Illinois placing agency, or court must refer to the child or the child’s parent or guardian the option to place the child in a special education residential facility located within this State that provides treatment and services comparable to those provided by the out-of-state facility. A school district, Illinois placing agency, or court is required to annually review the placement of a child in an out-of-state special education residential facility and to refer placement in a comparable facility located within this State.
Anaphylactic Policy (HB 102): Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health, shall establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts setting forth guidelines and procedures to be followed both for the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis. Provides the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services shall require each licensed day care center, day care home, and group day care home to have a plan for anaphylactic shock to be followed for the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis.
Excused Absences (HB 169): Provides that a child may be absent from a public school because of religious reasons, including the observance of a religious holiday or participation in religious instruction. Also provides that a district superintendent shall develop and distribute to schools appropriate procedures regarding a student’s absence for religious reasons, how schools are notified of a student’s impending absence for religious reasons, and the requirements related to making up exams and coursework for the days or time the student was absent.
Special Education Guide (HB 290): Provides that the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Human Services, through school districts, shall provide to parents and guardians of students a copy of the Department of Human Services’ guide titled “Understanding PUNS: A Guide to Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services” each year at the annual review meeting for the student’s individualized education program.
Local School Councils (HB 1158): Provides that beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the membership of the local school council for each secondary attendance center shall include three full-time student members (rather than one full-time student member).
Substance Abuse Education (HB 1162): Requires instruction, study, and discussion in grades kindergarten through 8 on effective methods for the prevention and avoidance of drugs and the dangers of opioid and substance abuse.
School Counselors (HB 1719): Replaces the terms “school guidance counselor” and “guidance counselor” with the term “school counselor” in the School Code, the Seizure Smart School Act, the College and Career Success for All Students Act, the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the Sex Offender Community Notification Law, and the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act.
School Units (HB 1725): Requires trustees of schools in Class II county school units (Cook County) to maintain an Internet Web site on which specified information shall be available for public viewing. Requires township school treasurers in Class II county school units to submit to each school district that they serve, an investments report that includes specified information within 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.
School Closure Hearings (HB 1785): Provides that prior to closing a school building and unless a school building is unsafe, unsanitary, or unfit for occupancy and notice of condemnation has been served or notice is provided by a licensed entity able to determine the safety of a school building, the school board must hold at least three public hearings, the sole purpose of which shall be to discuss the decision to close a school building and to receive input from the community.
Financial Audits (HB 1934): Allows a regional office of education or educational service center to utilize a cash basis, modified cash basis, or generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of accounting in the preparation of the financial statements relative to the Illinois Auditor General’s annual financial audits of a regional superintendent of schools or educational service region. Requires audit reports to be published on the Auditor General’s Web site and distributed in accordance with the Illinois State Auditing Act.
School Safety Drills (HB 2400): Amends the School Safety Drill Act, and replaces references to “law enforcement drill” with “law enforcement lockdown drill” throughout the School Safety Drill Act. Provides lockdown drills must not include simulations that mimic an actual shooting incident or active shooter event. Requires schools to provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any walk-through lockdown drill that involves the participation of students. Schools must also provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.
Special Education Complaints (HB 2425): Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that complaints concerning delays and denials of special education services in the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year by the Chicago Public Schools system as a result of the adoption of policies and procedures identified by the Illinois State Board of Education as unlawful must be filed on or before Sept. 30, 2022.
Charter Schools Audit (HB 2795): Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. With respect to a charter school’s retention of an outside, independent contractor to audit the charter school’s finances, provides that the contractor shall not be an employee of the charter school or affiliated with the charter school or its authorizer in any way, other than to audit the charter school’s finances.
Chronic Truants (HB 3099): Eliminates the requirement that the Chicago Board of Education establish an Office of Chronic Truant Adjudication. Instead, requires the chief executive officer or the chief executive officer’s designee to implement a socio-emotional focused attendance approach that targets the underlying causes of chronic truancy.
Birth Certificate Change (HB 9): Allows an individual to change the stated sex on his/her birth certificate to “male,” “female,” or “X” upon his/her request. Waives the $15 fee for one new birth certificate for individuals who are released/discharged by the Illinois Department of Corrections or the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, who are homeless, and youth in care of the state, and who live in domestic violence shelters.
EPA Groundwater Monitoring (HB 653): Amends the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. Raises the fees on the owners/operators of clean construction and demolition debris fill operations.
Radiation Protection Act Extension (HB 1291): Extends the Radiation Protection Act of 1990 by five years to January 1, 2027. The Radiation Protection Act provides for the licensing and regulation of radiologists.
ISD/ISVI Superintendents (HB 1710): Amends the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act. Requires the Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf to have a degree in educational administration, together with at least 10 years of experience in either deaf or hard of hearing education, the administration of deaf or hard of hearing education, or a combination of the two. Requires the Superintendent of the Illinois School of the Visually Impaired to have a degree in educational administration, together with at least 10 years of experience in either blind or visually impaired education, or a combination of the two.
Public Defender (HB 2790): Provides that the Cook County Public Defender, with the concurrence of the county board, may act as attorney to noncitizens in immigration cases. Such representation shall be limited to cases arising in immigration courts located within the geographical boundaries of Cook County unless the board authorizes the public defender to provide representation outside the county.
Illinois Constitution Day (HB 2834): Provides that Aug. 26 of each year be designated as “Illinois Constitution Day,” to commemorate Aug. 26, 1818, as the day Illinois ratified its first State Constitution.
Veterans Gardening Day (HB 2894): Provides that the first Saturday in May of each year be observed as Veterans Gardening Day, in honor and remembrance of veterans and as celebrated with appropriate activities.
Charitable Trust Stabilization (HB 11): Allows special attention to be given to entities located within a depressed area with an operating budgets of less than $2 million expanding the potential pool of non-profit grantees. Provides that money in this fund may be used for the operational purposes of participating organizations.
Collection Agency Fees (HB 1803): Provides that any fees collected under the Collection Agency Act are to be deposited into the Financial Institution Fund rather than the General Professions Fund. Upon becoming law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may transfer any fees collected under this Act from the General Professions Fund to the Financial Institutions Fund.
Prescription Drug Repository (HB 119): Creates the Prescription Drug Repository Program Act and requires the creation of the Prescription Drug Repository Program.
Benefits Expansion (HB 155): Provides that if the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service makes available a waiver to the States permitting SNAP and WIC recipients to use their benefits to purchase diapers and menstrual hygiene products, then the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is required to apply for the waiver and implement the provisions upon federal approval.
Homeless Hygiene Products (HB 310): Provides that feminine products including, but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners shall be available free of charge at all homeless shelters that provide temporary housing assistance to women or youth.
Rehabilitation Services (HB 452): Makes a number of technical fixes and clean-ups to the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act to reflect current practices, update statutes, and align with federal law.
Birthing Centers Expansion (HB 738): Expands the number of birthing centers under the demonstration program from 10 to 17, with the expansion being targeted to Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties.
DCFS Liaison (HB 1746): Provides that each school board must appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the enrollment and transfer of records of students in the legal custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services when enrolling or changing schools, by the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.
DCFS Per Diem (HB 1776): Extends the provision concerning the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services per diem rates for inpatient psychiatric stays through July 1, 2023. Also requires hospitals with a pediatric or adolescent inpatient psychiatric units to be included.
Long-Term Care (HB 2433): Adds one nonvoting member to the Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Board representing local health departments. Provides that the Illinois Department of Public Health’s annual review and report concerning the complaint process must include substantiated complaints that were completed in a specified time frame.
Epilepsy Services Reimbursement (HB 3025): Requires the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to reimburse epilepsy specialists to provide treatment services or related disorders via telehealth.
Pandemic Contact Policy (HB 3147): Provides that, upon request, a facility shall make every reasonable effort to facilitate at least one phone call or video call between a resident and a single family member of the resident each day during a disaster declared by the Governor under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that during a pandemic or other public health emergency, a hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act shall develop and implement a contact policy to encourage patients’ ability to engage with family members throughout the duration of the pandemic or other public health emergency.
College Course Materials (HB 332): Creates the College Course Materials and Equitable Access Task Force to conduct a collaborative college course materials affordability and equitable access study. The Task Force is to submit a report to the Governor, General Assembly and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
Free Hygiene Products (HB 641) – Mandates free feminine hygiene products at public higher education institutions in Illinois.
ISAC Student Members (HB 1802): Provides that the term of a student member on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall be for two years and until a successor is appointed.
Port-Wine Stain Treatment (SB 2158): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to mandate coverage for the treatment or maximum feasible treatment of nevus flammeus, or port-wine stain. Sets an age limit at 18 and younger.
Prescription Drugs Co-Pay (HB 1745): Amends the Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act to makes changes to the prescription drug benefit structure for individual and group health plans. Requires individual plans to apply a flat-dollar copay structure for at least 10% of the plans beginning Jan. 1, 2023, and increase to at least 25 percent of the plans beginning Jan. 1, 2024. Requires group plans to apply a flat-dollar copay structure for at least one plan beginning Jan. 1, 2023, and increase to at least two plans beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
Biomarker Testing (HB 1779): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to mandate coverage for biomarker testing. Applies to policies beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Makes conforming changes to all relevant insurance statutes and the Illinois Public Aid Code.
Holding Company (HB 1955): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to update the Insurance Holding Company Systems Article in order to maintain accreditation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Authorizes the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance to act as a group-wide supervisor for an internationally active insurance group.
DOI Cleanup (HB 1957): Corrects several drafting errors and provides clarification regarding the timing of mental health parity provisions in policies. Changes the workers’ compensation pool actuarial filing date from June 1 to March 1. Partially codifies the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-29 into law by allowing a Webinar option for the ethics requirement completion.
Colonoscopy Coverage (HB 2653): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require coverage for a follow-up colonoscopy exam where the initial screening determined the colonoscopy was medically necessary.
Wellness Mandate/Navigators (HB 3175): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to correct a discrepancy in Illinois law, the Administrative Code, and federal law regarding the wellness cap percentage. Amends the Navigator Certification Act to prohibit navigators from engaging in unfair or fraudulent methods in regard to the health marketplace and enrolling an individual in a health benefit plan.
Video Interview (HB 53): Provides that employers who rely solely upon artificial intelligence to determine whether an applicant will qualify for an in-person interview must collect demographic data about the race and ethnicity of applicants who are and are not afforded the opportunity for an in-person interview after the use of artificial intelligence analysis; and data about the race and ethnicity of applicants who are hired. The data must be reported to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity annually by Dec. 31.
Quick-Take Woodstock (HB 185): Provides that quick-take proceedings may be used for a period of no more than two years after the effective date by the City of Woodstock for the acquisition of certain described property for the purpose of widening the right-of-way proximate to the intersection of Madison Street, South Street, and Lake Avenue to construct a traffic roundabout.
State’s Attorney (HB 282): Provides that upon receipt of a written request by the superintendent of the county Veterans Assistance Commission, the State’s Attorney shall have the discretionary authority to render an opinion, without fee or reward, upon any question of law relating to a matter in which the county Veterans Assistance Commission may be concerned.
Hearing Officer (HB 410): Exempts Judges from the formal training requirements for administrative hearing officers.
Dispute Resolution Fees (HB 574): Amends the Illinois Not-For-Profit Dispute Resolution Center Act. Changes the dispute resolution fund fee charged and collected by the clerks of the circuit court to $2 (currently, $1).
Solar Panels (HB 644): Provides that a property owner may not prohibit the installation of a solar energy system, but may determine the specific configuration of the solar energy system on any given roof facing. Provides that a homeowners association or condo association must provide a policy statement on solar panels within 75 days of a request (currently 120 days). An application for installing a solar panel system with an association must be decided within 60 days of submission of the application (currently 90 days).
Probate Money (HB 814): Provides that if the estate of a ward consists only of money, the court may order, among other dispositions, that the money be deposited in a qualified tuition program.
Lawyer Assistance Program (HB 835): Provides for the repeal of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program Fund and program funding. Provides for the transfer of the balance of the money in the Lawyers’ Assistance Program Fund to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
Family and Medical Leave (HB 12): Allows for all employees of public schools and universities to qualify for federal family and medical leave if the employee has worked for 1,000 hours over the previous 12 months.
Wage Underpayment Penalty (HB 118): Amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and changes the penalty for underpayment of wages from 2 percent to 5 percent.
Water Well Installation (HB 2543): Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal date of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s License Act from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2027.
Cemetery Oversight (HB 2777): Extends the repeal date of the Cemetery Oversight Act from Jan. 1, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2027. Also includes numerous changes that update the Cemetery Oversight Act.
EMS Systems (HB 2864): Amends the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. Provides that, in a rural population of 5,000 or fewer inhabitants, each EMS System Medical Director may create an exception to the credentialing process to allow registered nurses, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses to apply to serve as volunteers who perform the same work as Emergency Medical Technicians.
County Officials (HB 56): Requires compensation of county elected officers to be fixed by ordinance or resolution by the county board/board of commissioners. Such ordinance must separately list each stipend as well as compensation for each elected officer.
Vegetable Gardens (HB 633): Pre-empts Home Rule and creates a new Garden Act that states that any person may cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property in any municipality or county.
Firefighter Appointments (HB 809): Clarifies that the fire Joint Labor and Management Committee is not mandated to establish or operate a community outreach program or a master register of eligible firefighter candidates, or to contract with a testing agency to establish or operate these programs.
Building Fees (HB 1932): States that counties, municipalities and townships may waive fees for building, inspection, and construction work that is taking place after a disaster, in the interests of welfare, recovery, and public safety of the community.
Special Meetings (HB 2449): Allows the County Board Chair to hold special meetings regardless whether they are elected by voters at large or from the Board Members.
Permit Fees (HB 2454): Permits counties and municipalities to either waive or provide credit for any application/permit costs, fees, or other business regulation costs to an application/review process and will require a demonstration of need based on financial or logistical hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local CURE Funding (HB 2643): Provides that financial support funds provided under the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program may be used by a unit of local government only for payment of costs permitted to be covered with moneys from the Coronavirus Relief Fund pursuant to specified provisions of the Social Security Act or any other federal law.
Downstate Fire Fund (HB 381): Allow for transfers from a Downstate Police fund to a Downstate Fire fund that is administered by another unit of local government within six months of Jan. 1, 2022.
CTA Healthcare Fund (HB 1428): States that on Jan. 1, 2022, employees of Chicago Transit Authority will contribute an amount not less than 1 percent (currently, not less than 3 percent) to their Healthcare Fund.
Benefit Notification (HB 1777): Requires Chicago police officers and firefighters must be notified of catastrophic injury benefits available to them. Requires that those benefits are to be provided immediately.
Teacher Service Credit (HB 1966): Allow teachers to buy up to two years of credit for service at parochial school.
Smoke Detectors (HB 51): Amends the Smoke Detector Act to remove language providing that specified smoke detector requirements shall not apply to dwelling units and hotels within municipalities with a population of more than one million inhabitants.
Amusement Ride Safety (HB 60): Amends the Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Act. Adds “trampoline court” to the definition of “amusement ride.” Adds language that specifies that any slide that is placed in a playground that does not require supervision or services to operate is NOT an “amusement ride.” Adds language that specifies that any slide that is not open to the public and which is accessed through admission or invitation is NOT an “amusement ride.”
Enterprise Zone Act (HB 34): Adds requirements concerning enterprise zone applications and provisional certification and decertification of enterprise zones. Modifies requirements concerning qualifications for enterprise zones. Modifies reporting requirements under the Act.
TIF Extensions (HB 227): Extends a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the City of Ottawa from 23 to 35 years, and adds a 12-year TIF extension for the Lake Street Corridor TIF in Melrose Park created in 2007.
TIF Extensions (HB 2365): Amends the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Act of the Municipal Code to provide a TIF district extension for the City of Mt. Pulaski, from 23 to 35 years. Adds a TIF extension for the City of Polo for an additional 12 years.
Delinquent Tax Fund (HB 2614): Allows the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program, if authorized via voter referendum or two-thirds vote of the Program’s commissioners, to implement a program that would offer low or zero interest loans aimed at helping homeowners stay in their home who are unable to pay their property tax bill.
Washington TIF Extension (HB 2826): Amends the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act of the Illinois Municipal Code to extend a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in the City of Washington by 12 years.
Affordable Housing Tax Credit (HB 3107): Extends the tax credit for affordable housing donations until Dec. 31, 2026. Also, increases the annual cap for projects funded by the tax credit to $32.9 million, and slightly expands eligibility for the tax credit by expanding the income eligibility for what is considered affordable housing from 60 percent of the area median income to 120 percent of the area median income.
BFR Cleanup (HB 1726): Provides for a Budgeting For Results (BFR) bill that cleans up statutes with either technical changes, or removing funds that have run their course.
ABLE Account Program (HB 1836): Allows for funds remaining in an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) account to be transferred pursuant to a payable on death account agreement executed by the designated beneficiary or designated representative. Provides that the Illinois State Treasurer may require verification that funeral/burial expenses of the beneficiary have been paid.
Driver’s License Suspension (HB 161): Allows the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) to terminate a driver’s license suspension following an accident when the statute of limitations has expired and no action has been filed against the driver during the statute of limitations period. Provides that the SOS may return security deposits made by the at-fault driver upon the expiration of the relevant statute of limitations or two years from the date of default in an installment agreement, whichever is later.
Project Funding (HB 270): Requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish and solely fund bicycle and pedestrian ways, in or within one mile of a municipality with a population of more than 1,000 people, in conjunction with the construction, reconstruction, or other change to a State transportation facility.
School Speed Limits (HB 343): Provides that for the purpose of the Illinois Vehicle Code section concerning special speed limits while passing schools, a school day begins at 6:30 a.m. (rather than 7:00 a.m.).
Roadside Memorials (HB 365): Provides that on and after July 1, 2021, a DUI memorial marker shall bear the message “Don’t Drive Under the Influence” (rather than “Please Don’t Drink and Drive”). Provides that a fatal accident memorial marker shall consist of a white on blue panel bearing the message “Reckless Driving Costs Lives” if the victim or victims died as a proximate result of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide. Provides that all other fatal accident memorial markers shall consist of a white on blue panel bearing the message “Drive With Care.”
High Speed Railway (HB 399): Creates the High Speed Railway Commission to create a statewide plan for a high-speed rail line and feeder network connecting St. Louis and Chicago that includes current existing Amtrak and Metra services, connects the cities of Rockford, Moline, Peoria, and Decatur, and uses inter-city bus service to coordinate with the rail line.
Motorcyclist Passenger Footrest (HB 656): Requires a passenger of a motorcycle to be capable of resting a foot on the footrest while the motorcycle is in motion.
Highway Commissioner Notification (HB 1916): Provides that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shall update its policy for providing notification of construction projects to the public. Provides that the policy shall include a requirement that IDOT contact the highway commissioner located in each IDOT district that will be impacted by a proposed construction project.
School Bus Safety (HB 2584): Allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish by rule a pilot program to permit the testing of safety equipment not otherwise prohibited by State or federal law. Adds language that states that safety devices under the pilot program shall not be deemed in violation of the width restrictions.
Antique Vehicles (HB 2548): Allows that an expanded-use antique vehicle may be driven on the highways for purposes other than travel to and from an antique auto show or an exhibition or for servicing or demonstration from March 1 through Nov. 30 (instead of April 1 through Oct. 31).
MFT Use (HB 2950): Expands the use of county motor fuel tax (MFT) funds for pedestrian use. Provides that, in the counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, Will, and McHenry, proceeds from the county MFT funds may also be used for operating, constructing, improving, and acquiring land for shared-use paths for non-vehicular public travel, sidewalks, and bike paths within the county. Provides that the county board of a county with a population of more than 500,000 may also use MFT funds allotted to it for the construction and maintenance of shared-use paths for non-vehicular public travel, sidewalks, and bike paths.
Healthcare Records (HB 714): Requires a healthcare facility or practitioner to provide a free copy of a patient’s medical records for the purpose of supporting a claim for: Federal Veterans’ Disability Benefits; Federal Social Security Benefits; or, Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled Benefits.
Military Discharge (HB 1290): Provides for state benefits for a veteran who was discharged under “other than honorable” conditions due to sexual orientation.
Veterans Task Force (HB 1815): Extends the Veterans’ Service-Related Ailments Task Force, which was supposed to meet starting July 1, 2019, and issue a report by Dec. 31, 2020. Meetings would now begin July 1, 2021, with a report to be issued by Dec. 31, 2022. The Task Force would dissolve on Dec. 31, 2023.
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