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October 25, 2010
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL TO BE HONORED
WITH NEW ENGLAND HIGHER EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) announced today that Connecticut House Majority Leader Denise Merrill will be honored with a 2011 New England Higher Education Excellence Award. READ MORE

October 14, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPOINTS AARP DIRECTOR TO HEALTH INFO EXCHANGE
House Majority Leader Denise Merrill has chosen Brenda Kelley, the state director of the American Association for Retired Persons, to serve on the board of directors of the new Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut and represent the interests of consumers. READ MORE

October 4, 2010
MAJORITY LEADERS’ JOBS ROUNDTABLE FOCUSES ON HOW INCUBATOR NETWORK HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES GROW, EXPAND
Led by House Majority Leader Denise Merrill, the Majority Leaders’ Jobs Growth Roundtable heard presentations Monday from leaders of the Connecticut Business Incubator Network and its efforts to help new companies grow and expand.
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October 4, 2010
BRANFORD RESIDENT NAMED TO STATE MARITIME COMMISSION
Branford resident Parker S. Wise has been appointed to the Connecticut Maritime Commission by State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill. Wise, a maritime attorney, has national and international experience in shipping and maritime insurance and extensive knowledge of ports and port security. READ MORE

September 29, 2010
MAJORITY LEADERS’ JOBS ROUNDTABLE TO HEAR PRESENTATIONS
ON STATE BUSINESS INCUBATOR NETWORK

Facilities for Start-up Businesses Is Focus of Meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in Room 1B at Legislative Office Building
The Majority Leaders’ Jobs Growth Roundtable will meet on Monday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building to hear presentations by the Connecticut Business Incubator Network about their different incubator facilities. READ MORE

August 16, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL WELCOMES EXPECTED BOND COMMISSION OK OF $24.5 MILLION FOR BUSINESS, JOB CREATION INITIATIVES
State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill praised the state Bond Commission Tuesday for its anticipated approval of $24.5 million in funding for small-business loans and job creation initiatives. READ MORE

June 23, 2010
SPEAKER DONOVAN, MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL, REP. BERGER
MEET WITH WATERBURY BUSINESS LEADERS 

Job growth and job creation top agenda
State House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden); House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Chaplin, Mansfield); House Chair of the Commerce Committee, Rep. Jeff Berger (D-Waterbury) and members of the Waterbury Business Community met today at Platt Brothers in Waterbury to talk about legislative accomplishments of the General Assembly’s 2010 session, particularly measures that impact jobs creation. READ MORE

June 4, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPLAUDS PLAN
TO EXPAND UCONN HOSPITAL

New Law Will Create Jobs, Fill Need For More Doctors
House Majority Leader Denise Merrill praised the new bill signed into law Friday that authorizes a $362 million proposal to renovate and expand the University of Connecticut’s John Dempsey Hospital. READ MORE

May 13, 2010
STATE'S NEW JOBS BILL: SHORT-TERM CRISIS, LONG-TERM ANSWERS
Let's give some credit here: On Wednesday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed the recently passed sweeping jobs bill at an aerospace and submarine parts plant. Not a dry cleaner. Not a florist. A company that brings long-term prosperity to Connecticut by performing high-end work that competitors all over the world covet. READ MORE

May 12, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL PRAISES ENACTMENT
OF BIPARTISAN JOBS BILL

Citing the need for job creation as the most important challenge facing Connecticut, state House Majority Leader Denise Merrill on Wednesday praised the enactment of the Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Majority Leaders’ Job Growth Roundtable (HB 5435). READ MORE

May 6, 2010
DEMOCRATS, GOVERNOR REACH BUDGET AGREEMENT ON TIME
No Tax Increase, No Cut In Town Aid, Lower Electricity Bills
State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) along with fellow legislative Democrats have announced a bipartisan agreement with Governor M. Jodi Rell that balances the state budget through fiscal year 2011 with no tax increases, no cuts in municipal aid and a decrease for most residents’ electric bills by an average of $60 a year. READ MORE

May 1, 2010
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL’S JOBS BILL

The state House of Representatives voted Saturday to approve what Majority Leader Denise Merrill called a top priority of the General Assembly session – the proposed Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Majority Leaders’ Job Growth Roundtable (HB 5435). READ MORE

April 28, 2010
HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION CREATING REVENUE ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION CHAMPIONED BY MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill championed by Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) that creates a commission charged with studying Connecticut’s revenue structure and making recommendations for changes. READ MORE

April 26, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL SEEKS LEGISLATION
BANNING BOUNTIES FOR REGISTERING NEW VOTERS

State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) said Monday that she would immediately seek legislation banning bounties or other payments in exchange for the registration of new voters. READ MORE

April 22, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL PAYS HONOR TO UCONN TEAM
AT HUSKY DAY IN CAPITOL

House Majority Leader Denise Merrill praised the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Thursday during Husky Day at the Capitol. READ MORE

Denise Merrill and Maya Moore

April 21, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL PRAISES BILL REQUIRING ELECTRONIC FILING OF BUSINESS RECORDS
House Majority Leader Denise Merrill praised a bill passed by the House Wednesday that requires businesses registered in the state to file their annual reports online with the Secretary of the State’s Office. READ MORE

April 20, 2010
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE OKS MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL’S JOBS BILL
The legislature’s Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Monday to approve the proposed Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Majority Leaders’ Job Growth Roundtable (HB 5435) and send it to the floor of the House. READ MORE

April 19, 2010
DENISE MERRILL ON SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS
Majority Leader Denise Merrill spoke to the crowd at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown and underscored the problem of widespread hunger around the state.

April 19, 2010
HELP FOR HUNGRY CHILDREN
One out of every 10 Connecticut households is at risk for not being able to put enough food on the table. At press conferences across the state this morning, officials tried to draw attention to the plight of all those hungry children and a possible solution. READ MORE

April 19, 2010
CONNECTICUT LOSING U.S. FUNDS FOR CHILDREN
State House Leaders Donovan, Merrill Join U.S. Rep. DeLauro,
Task Force In Call for Action

State House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) and House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) met with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd Dist), state Rep. Gail Hamm (D-Middletown) and members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Children in the Recession Monday in a call for action for obtaining more federal funding to feed Connecticut’s hungry children. READ MORE

April 7, 2010
DENISE MERRILL PRAISES AUTISM ADVOCATES
Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, House Majority Leader Denise Merrill and Rep. Catherine Abercrombie joined other lawmakers in celebrating the 6th annual Autism Awareness Day on April 7th in Hartford.

The legislature has passed landmark legislation to deliver help to families and children struggling with autism, guaranteeing that proper care is available to them.

This year, the legislature is considering two autism related bills. One bill (HB 5425) requires local and regional boards of education that currently offer applied behavioral analysis services to students on the autism spectrum whose individualized education plan requires such services to use certified staff to provide these services. Another bill (SB 477) gives employers a two-year tax credit equal to the amount of income paid to any one person who acts as a job coach for an employee with an autism spectrum disorder.

April 6, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPOINTS LAW PROFESSOR TO STATE ETHICS BOARD
House Majority Leader Denise Merrill has chosen Martin Margulies, a Quinnipiac University professor emeritus of law, for a seat on the Connecticut Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board. READ MORE

March 24, 2010
WITH MASSIVE BUDGET DEFICITS AHEAD,
LEGISLATORS PROPOSE SWEEPING TAX STUDY

With the November elections still to go before they must face a 2011 state budget deficit of historic proportions, legislators admit they aren't ready to order major tax hikes this spring. READ MORE

March 23, 2010
COMMERCE COMMITTEE OKS MAJORITY LEADERS’ JOBS BILL
The legislature’s Commerce Committee voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve the proposed Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Majority Leaders’ Job Growth Roundtable (HB 5435) and send it to the floor of the House for action.
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March 22, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF REVENUE ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION
State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill gave written testimony Monday in support of the proposed Act Establishing a Revenue Accountability Commission (HB 5534) to the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. READ MORE

March 19, 2010
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF STATE MONEY FOR MANSFIELD, CHAPLIN ROADS
State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill announced that the State Bond Commission has released millions in state aid for road repairs, including $206,216 for Mansfield and $96,956 for Chaplin. READ MORE

March 9, 2010
COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARS ABOUT
MAJORITY LEADERS’ JOBS BILL

House Majority Leader Denise Merrill testified today before the Commerce Committee in support of her legislation encouraging business innovation and entrepreneurship. READ MORE

March 1, 2010
SPEAKER DONOVAN’S PANELS ON GREEN JOBS AND ELECTRIC RATE RELIEF RELEASE REPORTS OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Donovan says green jobs and electric rate relief will lead to job growth in state
Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) and Energy Committee co-chair Rep. Vickie Nardello (D-Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect) today announced the release of two reports from separate working groups that the Speaker created earlier this year to investigate the issues of green jobs and electric rate relief in the state. READ MORE

February 2, 2010
MAJORITY LEADERS’ JOBS GROUP ANNOUNCES PLAN
TO JUMP-START JOB CREATION AND POSITION CONNECTICUT’S ECONOMY FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH

Among Group’s Recommendations: Realignment of Tax Credits, Investment in Green Jobs and Energy Efficiency, Smarter Government, and Leveraging Private Capital for Entrepreneurs
A group led by House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield) and Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D-New Haven) today announced a series of recommendations designed “to jump-start job creation in Connecticut and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity.” READ MORE

January 14, 2010
HOUSE DEMOCRATS LAUNCH COMMISSION TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGIONALISM, MUNICIPAL COST SAVINGS
AND EFFICIENCIES

Speaker Donovan: ‘We can be doing more with less;’ 
Commission aims to enact legislation in 2010

House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) and House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield) today launched a commission that will seek to identify opportunities for more regional collaborations designed to create efficiencies and save money for municipalities. READ MORE

January 11, 2010
REP. MERRILL PROTECTS SERVICES FROM HARMFUL CUTS
Speaker Donovan and Majority Leader Merrill held a news conference to emphasize the House Democrats' commitment to saving and creating jobs, and opposing the Governor's deficit plan which would result in the loss of 5,000 jobs. The leaders were joined by Meriden Mayor Mike Rohde and organizations that would of experienced job losses if the Democrats hadn't rejected the Governor's plan. Hospitals, community and school based health clinics, and daycare centers were among the groups that spoke at the press conference.

December 18, 2009
STATE LOSING OUT ON FEDERAL FUNDING
FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Lawmakers urge governor to allow state to receive federal dollars
Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden), House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield) and State Representative Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), House Chairman of the Planning & Development Committee, held a press conference at the State Capitol complex in Hartford today to highlight the millions of dollars in federal economic development funding the state is losing out on because the governor refuses to allow regions to apply for the grants. READ MORE

December 17, 2009
DENISE MERRILL: REPUBLICANS TO BLAME
FOR ECONOMIC ILLS OF STATE

State Rep. Christoper Coutu, R-Norwich, recently wrote an article that is typical of how Republicans respond to the budget crisis: Attack those trying to solve the problem, make misleading statements and offer no real solutions. READ MORE

December 15, 2009
HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ PLAN WILL SAVE JOBS, BALANCE BUDGET
Governor’s cuts cost jobs, federal dollars
House Democrats today announced a comprehensive, $200 million-plus plan to reduce the state’s budget deficit without sacrificing some 5,000 jobs statewide that would be eliminated through Governor M. Jodi Rell’s planned budget cuts.
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December 8, 2009
LATINO LAWMAKERS OPPOSE RELL'S PROPOSED FUNDING CUTS
Lawmakers fight Rell's plan for cutting deficit
Latino lawmakers on Tuesday criticized Gov. M. Jodi Rell for proposing a 25 percent cut to important programs that help the minority group. READ MORE

December 6, 2009
NBC 30 Newsmakers

November 16, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL NAMED
A 2009 ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION
House Majority Leader Denise Merrill has been named a “2009 Environmental Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) for her leadership concerning important environmental bills and for her 100% score on environmental issues acted upon during this year’s General Assembly session.
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August 16, 2009
TAB TO KEEP STATE HEALTHY MUST BE PAID
Connecticut is trapped in a fiscal hole caused by the global economic crisis. Day after day, the legislature and Gov. M. Jodi Rell struggle on to reach a budget agreement. And every day comes the call from the public: "Can't you all just agree on something already?" READ MORE

August 4, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPOINTS GIRL SCOUTS CEO
TO SUSTINET OBESITY TASK FORCE

State Representative Denise Merrill, House Majority Leader, has appointed Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, to the Childhood and Adult Obesity Task Force, created in the SustiNet Health Partnership law. READ MORE

July 30, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPOINTS UCONN PROFESSOR TO SUSTINET HEALTH PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
State Representative Denise Merrill, Majority Leader, is announcing the appointment of  Jeffrey A. Kramer, Ph.D., Director of the Programs in Healthcare Management and Insurance Studies within the School of Business at the University of Connecticut, to the SustiNet Health Partnership Board of Directors.
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July 10, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL PRESENTS STATE GRANT PROMOTING IMPORTANCE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION
State Representative Denise Merrill (Storrs/Mansfield), House Majority Leader, today joined the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation in presenting a $5,000 grant to Denise Abercrombie for the stabilization of her barn, located at 185 Old Turnpike Road, in Mansfield. READ MORE

May 22, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF REGIONALISM LEGISLATION
Regionalism and Sales Tax Sharing Equals Win-Win for Cities and Towns
State Representative Denise Merrill, House Majority Leader, applauded House passage of a bill that will more efficiently deliver government services and save taxpayers money. The legislation gives cities and towns the ability to implement cost saving measures and offers real property tax reform through voluntary regional cooperation incentives. READ MORE

May 6, 2009
REP. MERRILL PLEASED ARMY CORPS CONNECTICUT PROJECTS
WILL INCLUDE MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE

State Representative Denise Merrill welcomed an announcement Wednesday that a project involving Mansfield Hollow Lake will be included as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works initiative in Connecticut.
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May 5, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL APPLAUDS WATER COMPANY’S APPLICATION TO REDUCE CUSTOMERS’ WATER BILLS
Rate Reduction Would Affect 77 Mansfield Households
State Representative Denise Merrill today applauded an announcement by the Connecticut Water Company (CWC) that the company has filed an application with Connecticut’s Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) for permission to reduce customers’ water bills for the last six months of 2009. READ MORE

April 23, 2009
REP. MERRILL SCHEDULES BUDGET FORUM
AT MANSFIELD TOWN HALL

State Representative Denise Merrill, House Majority Leader, will hold a budget forum at Mansfield Town Hall in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. READ MORE

April 22, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL SAYS EARTH DAY IS A GOOD TIME TO SUPPORT THE USE OF REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
State Representative Denise Merrill, House Majority Leader, said, “As we celebrate Earth Day, today, it would be a good time to adopt a greener lifestyle by joining me in supporting the use of reusable shopping bags. READ MORE

April 21, 2009
RENESON LOISEL OF WEST HAVEN APPOINTED TO THE COMMISSION ON CULTURE AND TOURISM BY HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL
Reneson Loisel of West Haven has been appointed to serve on the state’s Commission on Culture and Tourism by State Representative Denise Merrill, House Majority Leader. READ MORE

April 21, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER DENISE MERRILL OFFERS E-NEWS TO INTERESTED CONSTITUENTS
State Representative Denise Merrill, House Majority Leader, is making E-News available to her constituents in the 54th Assembly District and anyone else who would like to sign up. READ MORE

March 29, 2009
BIKEWAY PROJECT GETS FED FUNDS
Mansfield’s Birch Road Bikeway Project was selected to receive $300,000 in stimulus funding, according to state, local and federal officials this week. READ MORE

March 24, 2009
REP. MERRILL, LAWMAKERS, ADVOCATES, PROMOTE CONSUMERS USE OF REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
State Representative Denise Merrill, legislators and environmental advocates today announced their support for legislation that would impose a five cent fee on plastic shopping bags provided by retail stores. READ MORE

March 17, 2009
REP. SCHOFIELD, LEGISLATIVE LEADERS URGE SPEEDY IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW PROGRAM SAVING SENIORS AND STATE MONEY
Legislative leaders joined State Representative Linda Schofield (D-Simsbury) Tuesday at a news conference in calling for speedy implementation of a proposal authored by Rep. Schofield called ConnPACE Plus which provides $4.6 million in state savings and was included in the deficit mitigation plan that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by the Governor. READ MORE

March 16, 2009
REP. MERRILL ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO UCONN’S MONITOR COMPLIANCE AND STEM CELL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Walter Pawelkiewicz of Windham has been appointed to the UConn Committee to Monitor Compliance.  The Committee is responsible for the monitoring complinace of the policy and procedures relating to consulting agreements and research projects with private or public entities by a member of the faculty. READ MORE

March 4, 2009
MAJORITY LEADER MERRILL CALLS LEGISLATION EXPANDING
THE BOTTLE BILL A LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT

Praise For Bi-Partisan Support For The Bill
State Representative Denise Merrill (D-Storrs/Mansfield), House Majority Leader, says passage of legislation expanding Connecticut’s bottle bill is a landmark achievement for the environment as well as help reduce the state’s budget deficit.
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Majority Leaders Job Growth Roundtable

Dear Friends:

Thanks for visiting my home page. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself and to keep you informed about issues of interest to me and the 54th District.

I entered political life thinking that I might be able to make a difference in peoples’ lives, although I am not sure I knew exactly what form that might take. As a lifelong Democrat from a family that believed that Franklin D. Roosevelt was their salvation, I was brought up to believe that everyone has a responsibility to participate in the life of the community, and that political life is the embodiment of that activity. 

My major area of legislative interest has always been education, at all levels and all ages. I believe that we need a better plan for the changing demographics of the state and country. The national commitment to education made after World War II has diminished, as have our investments, particularly in higher education. As families spend more time working, a better system of care for young children is also an imperative. I have spent the last decade trying to make improvements in these areas.

I have also been interested in innovation and industrial redevelopment, particularly linking research and development efforts with start-up businesses in emerging technological fields. And as House Chair of Appropriations over the last two terms, I have sought to change the way we budget by setting goals and looking at actual outcomes of the programs we fund through “results-based accountability”. I hope this will make a difference in the way we think about the programs we fund, and ultimately make government more efficient.

Everyday, people call me with problems and questions about state government. I see this homepage is just one more link between people and state government. I hope you enjoy the visit and find it useful.

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Denise Merrill


Rep. Merrill & Sen. Looney Convene the Majority Leaders' Job Growth Roundtable

The Department of Economic Development has recently released a long-awaited economic strategic plan (http://www.ct.gov/ecd/lib/ecd/connecticut_esp-final.pdf) and not a moment too soon.  Connecticut has lost roughly 100,000 jobs over the last year.  And, while there are some positive indicators, the economy has yet to stabilize.

Every state legislature is contemplating what it can do to get people back to work.  To that end, I and my counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Martin Looney, have convened a job growth roundtable that includes key leaders in the business and higher education communities, economists, venture capitalists, labor leaders, professors and other elected representatives.

The group meets regularly to discuss how the state can act to get people back to work, how to prioritize ideas, and what partnership opportunities could be created to grow jobs.  We hope to have comprehensive legislation ready for the new session.

December 7, 2009
The Majority Leaders’ Job Growth Roundtable, convened by Senator Looney and me, met again on December 7 when we heard from a variety of presenters about green jobs, entrepreneurialism, and housing.

These are great areas to focus on. The high cost of energy is often cited as a barrier to business growth in Connecticut. By developing a green jobs market we can put people back to work and capture energy savings with efficiency measures. Efficiency is, without a doubt, the quickest road to lowering energy costs. If we can be successful, we can dramatically improve Connecticut’s positioning for business growth. 

Connecticut has a long history of Yankee ingenuity and today boasts a well educated highly skilled workforce. If we don’t harness the talent and ambition of our inventors, scientists, and business entrepreneurs someone else will. Our presenters discussed actions that the state could take to encourage new business development.

November 16, 2009

October 13, 2009


The Connecticut Economy: UConn Quarterly Review Summer 2009
Light at the Tunnel's End?


June 8, 2009
The Connecticut Economy:
UConn Quarterly Review Summer Issue Briefing
- Length: 1 hr 55 min

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