senate Bill S2602A

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  • 22 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 16 / Mar / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 16 / Mar / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2602A
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.264
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A3002A
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.39
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 29 / Mar / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 10 / Apr / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.52

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Makes appropriations for the support of government - State Debt Service Budget.

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A3002A
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S2602
S2602A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 2602--A                                            A. 3002--A

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

IN  SENATE -- A BUDGET BILL, submitted by the Governor pursuant to arti-
  cle seven of the Constitution -- read twice and ordered  printed,  and
  when  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

IN ASSEMBLY -- A BUDGET BILL, submitted  by  the  Governor  pursuant  to
  article  seven  of  the  Constitution -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Ways and Means --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  making  appropriations  for the legal requirements of the state
  debt service and lease purchase payments and other special contractual
  obligations

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  several  sums  specified in this section, or so much
thereof as may be sufficient to accomplish in full the  purposes  desig-
nated by the appropriations, are hereby appropriated to be paid as here-
in  provided for the funds and purposes specified and are made available
for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2013.

              DEBT SERVICE FUND--GENERAL DEBT SERVICE FUND

Maintenance undistributed
For the legal requirements  of  principal,  interest,  and
  related  expenses  on  general obligation bonds, special
  contractual and  revenue  bond  obligations,  as  issued
  pursuant  to  articles  5-C and 5-F of the state finance
  law and payments for interest rate exchange and  similar
  agreements, in accordance with the following schedule .. 4,990,260,000
                                                          ==============


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD12552-03-3

S. 2602--A                          2                         A. 3002--A

                                SCHEDULE

GENERAL OBLIGATION PAYMENTS
The  sum  of  $492,500,000,  or  so much thereof as may be
  necessary, is hereby appropriated  for  payment  by  the
  state comptroller for general obligation bonds issued in
  connection  with  higher  education  construction,  pure
  waters, environmental  quality,  transportation  capital
  facilities, rail preservation, outdoor recreation devel-
  opment, energy conservation through improved transporta-
  tion, parks and recreation land acquisition, rebuild New
  York  through  transportation infrastructure renewal and
  accelerated capacity and transportation improvements  of
  the  nineties,  clean  water/clean  air, and rebuild and
  renew New York transportation  purposes,  in  accordance
  with the following sub-schedule .......................... 492,500,000
                                                          --------------

                              sub-schedule

Debt service payments ...................................... 490,000,000
Related expenses ............................................. 2,500,000
                                                          --------------
Total of sub-schedule ...................................... 492,500,000
                                                          ==============

SPECIAL CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION PAYMENTS
The  several sums, or so much thereof as may be sufficient
  to accomplish in full the  purposes  designated  by  the
  appropriations, are hereby appropriated and are, subject
  to  the  issuance  of certificates of approval of avail-
  ability by the director of the budget, available for the
  purpose of making payments for special contractual obli-
  gations, in accordance with the following schedule ..... 1,446,460,000
                                                          --------------

                         SCHEDULE

For payment to the Urban Development  Corpo-
  ration  pursuant  to  the provisions of an
  agreement or  agreements  entered  between
  the State and the Urban Development Corpo-
  ration  to  pay for bonds, notes, or other
  obligations issued  or  entered  into  for
  correctional facilities ..................... 35,000,000
For  payment to the Urban Development Corpo-
  ration pursuant to the  provisions  of  an
  agreement   or  agreements  of  lease  and
  sublease entered  into  between,  but  not
  limited  to,  the Urban Development Corpo-
  ration, the Office of General Services and
  the Department  of  Correctional  Services
  for the rental of correctional facilities ... 21,000,000
For  payment according to the following sub-
  schedule to the Urban  Development  Corpo-
  ration for project revenue bonds, pursuant

S. 2602--A                          3                         A. 3002--A

  to the provisions of certain agreements of
  lease  between  the entities designated on
  the following sub-schedule and  the  state
  of  New  York  and  the assignment of rent
  thereof to the  Urban  Development  Corpo-
  ration ...................................... 11,300,000

                sub-schedule

Syracuse  University  (Science
  and Technology Center) ......... 2,800,000
Cornell University  (Supercom-
  puter Center) .................... 700,000
Columbia  University (Telecom-
  munications Center) ............ 4,800,000
Clarkson University .............. 1,100,000
University Grants 95 Refunding ... 1,900,000
                              --------------
  Total of sub-schedule ......... 11,300,000
                              --------------

For payment to the Dormitory Authority,  for
  payment  of  bonds  issued  to finance the
  Department  of  Health's   David   Axelrod
  Institute  for  Public Health, pursuant to
  the provisions of an agreement between the
  Dormitory Authority and the Department  of
  Health ....................................... 6,000,000
For  payment to the Dormitory Authority, for
  payment of bonds issued to  finance  State
  Department of Education facilities, pursu-
  ant  to an agreement between the Dormitory
  Authority and the State Education  Depart-
  ment ......................................... 5,500,000
For  payment  to  the Housing Finance Agency
  and the Urban Development Corporation  for
  payment  of  bonds  issued  to finance the
  State's housing programs .................... 46,000,000
For payment to the Metropolitan  Transporta-
  tion  Authority, pursuant to state service
  contracts  authorized  by  section  16  of
  chapter  314  of the laws of 1981, section
  42 of chapter 929 of the laws of 1986,  as
  amended by chapter 13 of the laws of 1987,
  and  section 34 of part O of chapter 61 of
  the laws of 2000 ............................ 80,000,000
For  payment   to   the   State   University
  Construction  Fund,  for  payment  to  the
  Dormitory Authority, pursuant to paragraph
  (e) of subdivision 19 of section  1680  of
  the  public  authorities  law,  to pay for
  bonds or notes issued by  such  authority,
  pursuant  to  agreements between the State
  University   Construction   Fund,    State
  University  of  New York and the Dormitory
  Authority, relating  to  State  University

S. 2602--A                          4                         A. 3002--A

  education  facilities. Notwithstanding the
  provisions of  section  40  of  the  state
  finance  law or any other provision of law
  to  the contrary, this appropriation shall
  remain in  full  force  and  effect  until
  April 30, 2014 ............................. 280,000,000
For   payment   to   the   State  University
  Construction  Fund,  for  payment  to  the
  Dormitory  Authority,  in  accordance with
  subdivision  8  of  section  6304  of  the
  education  law, for bonds, notes, or other
  obligations  issued  by  such   authority,
  pursuant  to  an  agreement  or agreements
  among the State University  of  New  York,
  various community colleges and their spon-
  sors,  and  the  Dormitory  Authority  for
  educational   facilities   of    community
  colleges .................................... 31,000,000
For payment to the City University Construc-
  tion   Fund  for  City  University  senior
  colleges  and  for   community   colleges.
  Moneys  hereby  appropriated,  or portions
  thereof,  are  for  payments  net  of  all
  interest and investment earnings on senior
  and  community  college payments and other
  excess earnings held by the City Universi-
  ty Construction Fund, in  accordance  with
  the following sub-schedule ................. 204,000,000

                sub-schedule

City     University     senior
  colleges ..................... 180,000,000
City   University    community
  colleges ...................... 24,000,000
                              --------------
  Total of sub-schedule ........ 204,000,000
                              --------------

For  payment  to  the  Dormitory  Authority,
  pursuant to the provisions  of  a  service
  contract  or  contracts,  for  payment  of
  bonds or notes issued for the financing of
  projects at the Albany County Airport ........ 4,000,000
For payment to the Dormitory  Authority  and
  the   Urban  Development  Corporation  for
  bonds issued for one  or  more  facilities
  provided  for  the department of audit and
  control, the  New  York  state  and  local
  employees'  retirement system, and the New
  York  state  and  local  police  and  fire
  retirement  system  and  on  behalf of the
  departments or agencies  having  occupancy
  or use of other state facilities and park-
  ing facilities ............................... 1,200,000

S. 2602--A                          5                         A. 3002--A

For payment to the Thruway Authority, pursu-
  ant  to section 380 of the public authori-
  ties law, to pay  for  Local  Highway  and
  Bridge  Service  Contract  bonds  or notes
  issued  by  such  authority pursuant to an
  agreement between  the  Thruway  Authority
  and the state .............................. 196,000,000
For  payment to the Environmental Facilities
  Corporation, pursuant to subdivision 1  of
  section  1290  of  the  public authorities
  law, to pay for bonds or notes  issued  by
  such  authority pursuant to a lease agree-
  ment between the Environmental  Facilities
  Corporation   and  the  Office  of  Parks,
  Recreation   and   Historic   Preservation
  relating  to  the  financing  of Riverbank
  State Park ................................... 5,200,000
For payment to the Environmental  Facilities
  Corporation  for bonds and notes issued by
  such authority, pursuant to  an  agreement
  between   the   Environmental   Facilities
  Corporation  and  the  Office  of   Mental
  Health  relating  to  the  financing  of a
  Waste water treatment facility for Pilgrim
  Psychiatric Center ............................. 960,000
For payment to the Environmental  Facilities
  Corporation,  for  payment of bonds issued
  to  finance  environmental  infrastructure
  projects,  pursuant  to  an  agreement  or
  agreements   between   the   Environmental
  Facilities Corporation and the State ........ 14,000,000
For  payment according to the following sub-
  schedule  for  bonds  issued  to   finance
  consolidated service contract refundings ... 487,000,000
                                            --------------

                sub-schedule

Urban Development Corporation .. 365,000,000
Dormitory Authority ............ 112,000,000
Thruway Authority ............... 10,000,000
                              --------------
  Total of sub-schedule ........ 487,000,000
                              --------------

Total of debt service schedule ............. 1,428,160,000
                                            --------------

For  payment  of related expenses in accord-
  ance with the following schedule.

                         SCHEDULE

Urban Development Corporation .................. 2,000,000
Housing Finance Agency ......................... 2,000,000
Dormitory Authority ............................ 7,500,000

S. 2602--A                          6                         A. 3002--A

Dormitory Authority Capital Expenses ........... 6,000,000
Environmental Facilities Corporation ............. 300,000
Thruway Authority ................................ 500,000
                                            --------------
Total of related expenses schedule ............ 18,300,000
                                            --------------

Total of schedules ......................... 1,446,460,000
                                            ==============

REVENUE BOND FINANCING AGREEMENT PAYMENTS
The  several sums, or so much thereof as may
  be necessary, are hereby appropriated  for
  payment  to  the  dormitory authority, the
  environmental facilities corporation,  the
  housing   finance   agency,   the  thruway
  authority,  and  the   urban   development
  corporation  and are, subject to the issu-
  ance of certificates of approval of avail-
  ability by the  director  of  the  budget,
  available   for   the  purpose  of  making
  financing agreement  payments  related  to
  personal  income  tax  revenue  bond obli-
  gations, as authorized pursuant to article
  5-C  of  the  state  finance  law  and  in
  accordance with the following schedule ... 2,998,300,000
                                            --------------

                         SCHEDULE

Economic Development and Housing ............. 305,000,000
Education .................................... 440,000,000
Environment ................................... 90,000,000
General Purpose ............................ 1,550,000,000
Healthcare .................................... 15,000,000
State Facilities and Equipment ............... 165,000,000
Transportation ............................... 415,000,000
                                            --------------
Total of schedule .......................... 2,980,000,000
                                            --------------

For  payment  of related expenses in accord-
  ance with the following schedule.

                         SCHEDULE

Urban Development Corporation .................. 6,300,000
Housing Finance Agency ......................... 2,100,000
Dormitory Authority ............................ 8,000,000
Dormitory Authority Capital Expenses ............. 800,000
Environmental Facilities Corporation ............. 800,000
Thruway Authority ................................ 300,000
                                            --------------
Total of schedule ............................. 18,300,000
                                            --------------

S. 2602--A                          7                         A. 3002--A

Total of schedules ......................... 2,998,300,000
                                            ==============

REVENUE BOND FINANCING AGREEMENT PAYMENTS
The  several sums, or so much thereof as may
  be necessary, are hereby appropriated  for
  payment  to  the  dormitory authority, the
  thruway authority, and the urban  develop-
  ment  corporation  and are, subject to the
  issuance of certificates  of  approval  of
  availability  by  the director of the bud-
  get, available for the purpose  of  making
  financing  agreement  payments  related to
  sales tax revenue  bond  obligationns,  as
  authorized  pursuant to article 5-F of the
  state finance law and in  accordance  with
  the following schedule ...................... 53,000,000
                                            --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt Service Payments ......................... 50,000,000
                                            --------------
Total of schedule ............................. 50,000,000
                                            --------------

For  payment  of  related expenses in accor-
  dance with the following schedule.

                                SCHEDULE

Urban Development Corporation .................. 1,000,000
Dormitory Authority ............................ 1,000,000
Thruway Authority .............................. 1,000,000
                                            --------------

Total of schedule .............................. 3,000,000
                                            --------------
Total of schedules ............................ 53,000,000
                                            ==============

Total of schedule ........................................ 4,990,260,000
                                                          ==============

                  DEBT SERVICE FUND--HOUSING DEBT FUND

GENERAL OBLIGATION PAYMENTS
The sum of $11,500,000, or  so  much  thereof  as  may  be
  necessary,  is  hereby  appropriated  for payment by the
  state comptroller of principal and interest  on  general
  obligation bonds issued in connection with state housing
  (low cost, middle income and urban renewal) ............... 11,500,000
                                                          ==============

S. 2602--A                          8                         A. 3002--A

                  DEBT SERVICE FUND--HEALTH INCOME FUND

For  debt  service and related expenses in accordance with
  the following schedule .................................... 33,200,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

The  sum  of  $29,000,000,  or  so  much thereof as may be
  necessary of operating revenues received from department
  of health facilities other than the New York City Veter-
  ans' Home, is hereby appropriated  for  payment  by  the
  state  comptroller of all obligations under the terms of
  agreements between the health department and the  dormi-
  tory authority ............................................ 29,000,000
The sum of $2,000,000, or so much thereof as may be neces-
  sary  of  operating  revenues received from the New York
  City Veterans' Home, is hereby appropriated for  payment
  by  the  state  comptroller of all obligations under the
  terms of agreements between the  health  department  and
  the dormitory authority .................................... 2,000,000
Related expenses ............................................. 1,000,000
Capital expenses ............................................. 1,200,000
                                                          --------------
  Total of schedule ......................................... 33,200,000
                                                          ==============

        DEBT SERVICE FUND--STATE UNIVERSITY DORMITORY INCOME FUND

The  sum  of  $127,800,000,  or  so much thereof as may be
  necessary, is hereby appropriated  for  payment  by  the
  state  comptroller of all obligations under the terms of
  agreements between the state university of New York  and
  the dormitory authority and refunds to students for room
  rental  and college fee overpayments, in accordance with
  the following schedule ................................... 127,800,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ...................................... 116,000,000
Related expenses ............................................. 1,800,000
Capital expenses ............................................ 10,000,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule .......................................... 127,800,000
                                                          ==============

             DEBT SERVICE FUND--MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FUND

The sum of $328,000,000, or so  much  thereof  as  may  be
  necessary,  is  hereby  appropriated  for payment by the
  state comptroller of all obligations  of  the  dormitory
  authority,  as  successor  to the facilities development
  corporation and  the  medical  care  facilities  finance
  agency pursuant to chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, under
  the  terms  of  any  lease, sublease, or other financing

S. 2602--A                          9                         A. 3002--A

  agreement with the  department  of  mental  hygiene,  in
  accordance with the following schedule ................... 328,000,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ...................................... 320,000,000
Related expenses ............................................. 8,000,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule .......................................... 328,000,000
                                                          ==============

         DEBT SERVICE FUND--LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TAX FUND

The  sum  of  $397,500,000,  or  so much thereof as may be
  necessary, is hereby appropriated  for  payment  of  all
  obligations,  including  but not limited to reserve fund
  credit facilities, to the  local  government  assistance
  corporation  pursuant  to  a certificate or certificates
  filed by the chairman of the corporation with the  state
  comptroller  and the governor, pursuant to subdivision 1
  of section  3240  of  the  public  authorities  law,  in
  accordance with the following schedule ................... 397,500,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ...................................... 392,000,000
Related expenses ............................................. 5,500,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule .......................................... 397,500,000
                                                          ==============

            TRUST AND AGENCY FUND--SCHOOL CAPITAL FACILITIES
                         FINANCING RESERVE FUND

The  sum  of  $25,600,000,  or  so  much thereof as may be
  necessary, is hereby appropriated  for  payment  by  the
  state  comptroller  to  the  dormitory authority for the
  purpose of meeting the terms of any  contractual  agree-
  ments  between the dormitory authority and participating
  special act school districts listed in  chapter  566  of
  the  laws  of  1967, as amended, state-supported schools
  for blind and deaf  students  and  children  with  other
  handicapping  conditions  pursuant  to article 85 of the
  education  law,  and  private   not-for-profit   schools
  approved  by  the  commissioner of education pursuant to
  article 89 of the education law, in accordance with  the
  following schedule ........................................ 25,600,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ....................................... 25,000,000
Related expenses ............................................... 300,000
Capital expenses ............................................... 300,000

S. 2602--A                         10                         A. 3002--A

                                                          --------------
Total of schedule ........................................... 25,600,000
                                                          ==============

            DEDICATED HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE TRUST FUND--SPECIAL
                 OBLIGATION RESERVE AND PAYMENT ACCOUNT

The  sum  of  $980,300,000  or  so  much thereof as may be
  necessary, is hereby appropriated to pay  for  bonds  or
  notes  as  required  under  dedicated highway and bridge
  trust fund cooperative agreements under section 10-e  of
  the highway law, in accordance with the following sched-
  ule ...................................................... 980,300,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ...................................... 980,000,000
Related expenses ............................................... 300,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule .......................................... 980,300,000
                                                          ==============

                       DEBT REDUCTION RESERVE FUND

The  sum  of  $500,000,000,  or  so much thereof as may be
  necessary,  is  hereby  appropriated   from   the   debt
  reduction  reserve  fund  for the purposes of principal,
  interest, and related expenses, for retiring or  defeas-
  ing  bonds  previously  issued,  including  any  accrued
  interest or other  expenses  related  thereto,  for  any
  state-related bonding program or programs and for trans-
  fer,  upon  request  of  the  director of the budget, to
  various capital projects  funds  as  designated  by  the
  director  of  the  budget  for  the  funding  of capital
  projects, equipment acquisitions,  or  similar  expenses
  which have been authorized by law to be financed through
  the issuance of bonds, notes, or other obligations ....... 500,000,000
                                                          ==============

                   CONTINGENT AND OTHER APPROPRIATIONS

  S 2. The several sums specified in this section, or so much thereof as
may  be  sufficient to accomplish in full the purposes designated by the
appropriations, are hereby appropriated to be paid  as  herein  provided
for  the  funds  and  purposes  specified and are made available for the
fiscal year beginning April 1, 2013.

                  GENERAL FUND--STATE PURPOSES ACCOUNT

The sum of $20,000,000, or  so  much  thereof  as  may  be
  necessary,  is hereby appropriated from the general fund
  to the credit of the state purposes account  solely  for
  the purpose of making payments of rebates to the federal
  government to maintain the exemption from federal income
  taxation  of  the  interest paid to the holders of state

S. 2602--A                         11                         A. 3002--A

  obligations issued pursuant to sections 55 and 57 of the
  state finance law ......................................... 20,000,000
                                                          ==============

The  sum  of  $225,000,000,  or  so much thereof as may be
  necessary, is hereby appropriated from the general  fund
  to  the  credit of the state purposes account solely for
  the purpose of redeeming general obligation bonds issued
  by the state of New York, provided,  however,  that  the
  amount  to  be expended from this appropriation shall be
  limited to the amount, as determined by the comptroller,
  to be necessary to maintain the exemption  from  federal
  taxation  of  the  interest paid to the holders of state
  obligations issued pursuant to sections 55 and 57 of the
  state finance law ........................................ 225,000,000
                                                          ==============

                                ALL FUNDS

For payment of principal and interest, including  but  not
  limited  to  reserve  fund credit facilities on variable
  rate obligations and interest rate exchange and  similar
  agreements,  for state-supported debt or for transfer to
  any other appropriation, in accordance with the  follow-
  ing schedule ........................................... 1,500,000,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ...................................... 900,000,000
Related expenses ............................................ 50,000,000
Interest rate exchange and similar agreements .............. 550,000,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule ........................................ 1,500,000,000
                                                          ==============

              DEBT SERVICE FUND--GENERAL DEBT SERVICE FUND

SPECIAL CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION PAYMENTS
For  payment  to  the dormitory authority, as successor to
  the medical care facilities finance agency  pursuant  to
  chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, for payment of principal
  interest,  and related expenses on bonds or notes issued
  pursuant to the provisions of section  7-a  of  the  New
  York  state  medical care facilities finance agency act,
  as amended, which  provide  that  the  service  contract
  payments  will be made to meet the debt service payments
  due if the funds and accounts established under the bond
  resolution, the secured hospital  debt  service  reserve
  fund,  and the secured hospital capital reserve fund are
  inadequate, in accordance with the following schedule ..... 81,000,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ....................................... 80,000,000

S. 2602--A                         12                         A. 3002--A

Related expenses ............................................. 1,000,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule ........................................... 81,000,000
                                                          ==============

For  payment  to  the  tobacco settlement financing corpo-
  ration, for payment of bonds or notes issued pursuant to
  the provisions of part D3 of chapter 62 of the  laws  of
  2003  which  provides that contingency contract payments
  will be made to meet the debt service  payments  due  if
  the funds and accounts established under the bond inden-
  tures,  the  debt  service  accounts,  the  debt service
  reserve accounts and the supplemental accounts are inad-
  equate, in accordance with the following schedule ........ 254,000,000
                                                          --------------

                                SCHEDULE

Debt service payments ...................................... 253,000,000
Related expenses ............................................. 1,000,000
                                                          --------------
Total of schedule .......................................... 254,000,000
                                                          ==============

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