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ISSUE 9.51
Dec. 17, 2010

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Index

News :
At crossroads
Radar Screen :
Real tax reform ahead?
Palmetto Politics :
Prefiling period over
Commentary :
The journey is as important as the destination
Spotlight :
S.C. Chamber of Commerce
My Turn :
Ordinance is America’s most important unknown document
Scorecard :
Up and down this week in SC
Stegelin :
Slow down
Number of the Week :
$264,000,000
Megaphone :
$100 per pound
Tally Sheet :
160 more bills prefiled
Encyclopedia :
Secession (part 3 of 3)

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Over the holiday season, we'll continue to publish, albeit in a shortened form.
 
Next week, Dec. 24, we'll publish commentary and news briefs only to give hardworking editor Bill Davis a little holiday break.
 
On Dec. 31, we'll have our year-end Best of 2010 in cartoons by Stegelin, as well as news and commentary.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

$264,000,000

That’s the collective amount that three agencies in Gov. Mark Sanford’s cabinet are asking the state to “recognize,” which could allow those agencies – Health and Human Services ($228 million), Social Services ($28 Million), and Corrections ($7 million) – access to state rainy day funds to cover mounting expenses.  More.

MEGAPHONE

$100 per pound

“A lot of people, myself included for years, have no health insurance … It amounted to about $100 a pound.”

-- U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, the Reagan-appointed judge who is hearing a lawsuit pushed for by S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster that would throw out federal health care reform law. He was referring to the amount he paid, cash, for the birth of one of children back when he was a law student. More.

TALLY SHEET

160 more bills prefiled

State lawmakers filed 160 bills over the past week in the last round of prefiling b before the session starts in January. 

IN THE SENATE
 
Among the top newly-filed bills in the Senate:

Bear baying. S. 253 (McConnell) would end bear baying and fox-pen trials.

Gambling. S. 254 (Cleary) would allow people to gamble on cards or dice games in their homes. S. 255 (Cleary) would end prohibitions on raffles by charities or nonprofits. S. 266 (Cleary) calls for a constitutional amendment to end raffles.

Inspector general. S. 258 (Sheheen) calls for a state inspector general to address fraud, waste, abuse and wrongdoing in SC agencies.

Lobbying. S. 259 (Sheheen) calls for a prohibition of using public funds to employ or contract with a lobbyist.

Administration. S. 261 (Sheheen) calls for a new Department of Administration, with several provisions.

Fair tax. S. 274 (Grooms) calls for the “Fair Tax Act” with several provisions related to the state’s tax system.

Domestic violence. S. 291 (O’Dell) calls for creation and administration of a state Criminal Domestic Violence Registry. H. 3211 (Cooper) is similar.

Sexting. S. 295 (Fair) would create the criminal offense of sexting, with several provisions.

Corporal punishment. S. 298 (Fair) would authorize corporal punishment in schools with parental permission. H. 3201 (Brady) is similar.

Voting. S. 304 (Campsen) would require people to prove citizenship before voting, with several provisions.

Matching funds. S. 312 (Davis) seeks to change the definition of “matching funds” used in coordination with federal grants.

Ethics. S. 322 (Hayes) calls for overhaul of state ethics laws to release more information that typically is withheld, with several provisions.

Car tax. S. 325 (Rankin) calls for the maximum sales tax on vehicles to increase to $600 this year and continue to rise until 2014 when there would be no maximum tax, with several provisions.

IN THE HOUSE

Among the major bills in the House:

Higher ed. S. 3185 (Harrell) is the S.C. Higher Education Transparency Act, which calls for public colleges and universities to maintain detailed financial transactions, post them online and other provisions.

Medicaid. H. 3190 (Herbkersman) calls for a program to provide selected Medicaid recipients with an in-home health care system, with several provisions.

Salvia. H. 3212 (Huggins) would add salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to the list of schedule 1 drugs.

Zero-based budgeting. H. 3215 (Crosby) calls for zero-based budget review on a 10 year schedule.

Solar credit. H. 3218 (Herbkersman) calls for solar panel tax credits. 

Fee increase. H. 3220 (Nanney) calls for a fee increase involving county clerks of court.

Accountability. H. 3222 (Young) calls for the Fiscal Accountability Act to allow the Legislative Audit Council to look at whether programs have outlived their usefulness or must be changed, with several provisions.

Behavioral services. H. 3229 (Harrison) calls for a new Department of Behavioral Health Services that consolidates alcohol, mental health and other programs.

Charter schools. H. 3241 (Owens) calls for sponsors to retain certain funds for overseeing charter schools, with several provisions.

Buzzkill. H. 3246 (Funderburk) would prohibit alcoholic energy drinks and caffeinated malt beverages in S.C. H. 3263 (Jefferson) is similar.

Health care. H. 3269 (Limehouse) proposes a constitutional amendment to “preserve the freedom” of residents for health care services.

Angel investors. H. 3270 (Loftis) calls for the Angel Investment Act to stimulate investment.

To review all of the prefiled bills, click here.

ENCYCLOPEDIA

Secession (part 3 of 3)

Continued from previous edition
 
While not totally of one mind, South Carolina was the least divided of all slave states. Years of fear propaganda preached from pulpit and political platform, published in newspapers and journals, and presented in fiction and poetry left little room for dialogue over how the state should defend itself. In addition, the state’s wealth resided in the slave economy and related enterprises. The dependence of the economy on slave labor and of the political system on slavery united slaveholder and yeoman farmer alike in defense of their interests. All felt that the federal government threatened the rights of those who believed in the authority of local government in a republic. When material interests and political and cultural values united with fear of slave insurrection, few leaders and citizens questioned the need for South Carolina to leave the Union.
    
When the General Assembly met in November to vote for presidential electors, it remained in Columbia until the results of the election were known. Upon receiving the news of Lincoln’s victory, the legislators voted to hold an election for delegates to a special state convention. At about the same time the state’s congressional delegation resigned. In addition, Governor William Gist and his successor Francis W. Pickens had been in touch with governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia, all of whom had promised that their legislatures would call for conventions to consider a response to Lincoln’s election. On December 6 the state’s citizens voted for representatives to the South Carolina convention. The delegates, made up largely of planters committed to secession, met in Columbia on December 17, 1860. An outbreak of smallpox caused the convention to relocate to Charleston, and on December 20, 1860, the 169 delegates present voted unanimously to secede from the federal Union. The city erupted in a wild celebration with bonfires, parades, and the pealing of church bells.

Just as their forebears had justified their rebellions in 1719 and 1776, so too the men of 1860 left a rationale for their actions. The Secession Convention delegates named Rhett and Memminger to write up the reasons for secession. Rhett wrote “The Address to the Slave-Holding States,” and his central argument was based on the right to self-government. He wrote of the history of the North’s desire to control the South and thus focused on the struggles for a free government. His political argument was also laced with a discussion of how the North and the South had become two peoples. Memminger, in his “Declaration of the Causes of Secession,” took a more direct approach to the defense of slavery. He listed the northern states’ violation of the fugitive slave law, their personal liberty laws claiming that slavery was unjust, and the election of an antislavery Republican president as the reasons why South Carolina seceded, and he stated that the rest of the slave states should follow suit.
    
Values, ideals, needs, and fear all came together in South Carolinians’ defense of their way of life. There was no choice, said a united white South Carolina, but to leave the Union they had once embraced and helped to create.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Jon L. Wakelyn. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

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CORRECTIONS: Reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2020.

EDUCATION: Cut the state's dropout rate in half by 2020.

ELECTIONS: Increase voter registration to 75 percent by 2015.

ENVIRONMENT: Adopt a state energy policy that requires energy producers to generate 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

ETHICS: Overhaul state ethics laws.

HEALTH CARE: Ensure affordable and accessible health care.

JOBS: Develop a Cabinet-level post to add, retain 10,000 small business jobs per year.

POLITICS: Have a vigorous two- or multi-party political system of governance.

ROADS: Strengthen all bridges and upgrade state roads by 2015.

SAFETY: Cut the state's violent crime rate by one-third by 2016.

TAX REFORM: Remove outdated special interest sales tax exemptions as part of an overall reform of the state's tax structure to be completed by 2014.

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News

At crossroads

Transformational program faces challenges

By Bill Davis, senior editor

DEC. 17, 2010 --South Carolina may be at the crossroads of whether it will accelerate its transformation from its agricultural, manufacturing and service past to a potentially more lucrative knowledge-based economy of the future.

For the past eight years, the legislature, mindful of the success of the Research Triangle of North Carolina, has poured $180 million of lottery money into its Centers of Economic Excellence (COEE) program, which is intended to woo high-tech experts to the state’s research universities.

The hope has been that their presence will serve as statewide incubators, birthing more and higher paying jobs, attracting outside investment and company relocations, as well as help shaping the state’s education and technological futures.

One of the endowed chairs program’s most fervent supporters in the legislature has been House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston), who was on hand at the unveiling of the program’s annual report this week in Columbia.

Apparently, his support has been rewarded. This week, the program reported back to the state that it had created more than 4,700 jobs, with an impact of more than $360 million, a purported 2:1 payback on the state’s eight-year investment. The program also claims a long list of technological successes, including breakthroughs and patents.

Currently there are 49 different centers with 35 different chairs on board, according to its Web site, sccoee.org [Numbers updated on 12/20]. But, faced with a state budget shortfall for the next fiscal year ranging between $700 million and $1.5 billion, legislators may have a tough time further funding the program, which has been cut out of the last two budgets, according to COEE review board member Mike Couick.

Couick, also the president and chief operating officer of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, said that he and other board members understood that the legislature was working in “an era of tough choices.”

None of the current endowed chairs are in trouble of losing funding, as the program was set up to be self-supporting with the state matching outside funding, be it from federal grants or private sources.

But according to Harrell’s office, there are pledges for at least 50 more endowed chair positions. And with money tight, some wonder whether the state can afford this year to recommit more higher education lottery funding to the program.

Friends and enemies

One of the most fervent foes of the endowed chairs program has been Gov. Mark Sanford, who has consistently tried to have the program quashed.

But one of the people Sanford appointed to the board, Keith Munson, an Upstate lawyer specializing in mass tort defense, has joined the Harrell chorus.

Munson, a former Sanford spokesman, said this week he was impressed with the work done at Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research. As such, he worried the continued stoppage of funding flowing from the state may slow some of the momentum the program has gathered.

Munson, echoing Gov.-elect Nikki Haley’s campaign-trail rhetoric, said all of the chairs and centers needed to be evaluated independently and separately, as some may be more successful than others.

If Sanford really wanted to kill the endowed chair program, maybe he should have sent Ashley Landess, the president of the S.C. Policy Council, who was recently named to Gov.-elect Nikki Haley’s budget crisis team.

“It just doesn’t work,” Landess said, succinctly and vigorously, decrying the program as yet more government interference in the free market. Landess lumped the program with state tax credits given to Boeing, Harrell’s ongoing support of hydrogen fuel cell research and other similar efforts.

Landess said the endowed chairs program was further proof that instead of letting the state’s economy grow “organically,” legislators were “sitting in the Statehouse, trying to decide for us what technology was going to be the next, cool thing.”  She also said she didn’t believe that the outside matching funding levels were being met.

According to the COEE’s annual report, there has been $158 million in non-state matching funds, with 35 percent coming from corporate sources, 15 percent from federal sources, 33 percent from foundations, and 17 percent from individuals.

Couick, whose cooperatives put up $5 million toward the program before he was named to the review board, said the program’s payoff was still down the road, as many of the chairs were in their nascent form.

May lose steam?

Several of the sources interviewed for this story worried quietly that the program could lose steam if researchers and scientists decided to head toward greener, or better-funded, pastures.

Sue Levkoff, a Harvard sociology professor, who has signed on as an endowed chair studying aging issues at MUSC, said she hoped the state would return to fully funding the remaining positions and praised the state for its current commitments.

“Really, where else in America is doing this? No state I’ve heard of,” said Levkoff, who said she doubted her fellow chairs would decamp for other states if continued funding was not restored.

According to Levkoff, the “beauty” of the endowed chairs program has been the concentration and connection of experts from multiple fields, and the exposure to each other’s research.

Crystal ball:  With the economy beginning to stir from its death-nap, there will be more call for more jobs. This program may be hard to resist. The endowed chairs program may further benefit from Sanford’s leaving office as much as the naming of BMW executive Bobby Hitt as Haley’s next Commerce Secretary: Hitt serves on the same review board as Munson and Couick.

Bill Davis, editor of Statehouse Report, can be reached at:  editor@statehousereport.com.
Radar Screen

Real tax reform ahead?

Despite political roadblocks, like the ascendency of tea party candidates and a looming 2012 state Senate election, the legislature may be forced into some sort of action on tax reform in the coming year.

Gov. Mark Sanford, the “anti-governor,” may be leaving state government without having killed the beast, but he starved it enough that its bones are showing. Deficits in three cabinet agencies and massive grumblings about outdated public K-12 education funding models may force tax-hating legislators to do something out of the ordinary: move quickly.

Palmetto Politics

Prefiling period over

With the final deadline for prefiled bills now passed, a few through-lines have developed, mostly involving the return of many of the same issues as last year: requiring photo IDs from voters, fiscal restraint, illegal immigration and transparency.

New efforts include redistricting the state’s political boundaries, in light of soon-coming U.S. Census numbers. Tax reform may come in vogue, thanks to the work done by the Taxation Realignment Commission. So far few tax reform bills have been filed, including one calling for a car tax cap with revenues going toward infrastructure rather than overall tax-rate reduction.

Going her own way

Gov.-elect Nikki Haley may have sent a firmer message this week that her administration would not be an extension of the Sanford years, as she named Bill Byars to be the next head of the state Department of Corrections. The current head, Jon Ozmint, was seen as one of Gov. Mark Sanford’s closest allies.

Byars is the current head of the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice, and will have a substantial fiscal crisis to handle as soon as he takes office, as his new department is currently running a deficit that is yet to be officially covered by the state. Interestingly, Byars was once a partner at a Camden law firm where state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw), whom Haley just defeated to become governor-elect, is also a partner.

Political coverage set

SCETV is ginning up its legislative coverage package for the upcoming start of the 2011 legislative session. ETV World will air the first three legislative days of the session, which begins Jan. 11,2011, at noon from gavel to gavel. The state’s public media network will also air This Week In the House from 11:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday beginning Jan. 11, hosted by House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston); and This Week in the Senate Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and will again be hosted by Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) Additionally, SCETV will air Gov.-elect Nikki Haley’s inauguration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second day of the session, Jan. 12.

Legislative reimbursements confirmed

State officials confirmed this week that the state reimbursed state legislators $1.4 million over the last budget year for travel, lodging, and food expenses. Lawmakers receive an annual salary of $10,400 a year, but must stay up to three nights a week in Columbia during the legislative session. The state reimburses lawmakers for mileage and gives them as much as $131 a day for food and lodging.

Keyserling, Campsen pass

Two past legislators passed away since last week’s issue. Former House member Harriet Keyserling, who served from 1977 to 1993, representing Beaufort County as a Democrat, passed away this week. Many remembered Keyserling as a devout environmentalist who helped lay the legislative groundwork for many of the state’s current recycling programs.

Former House member George Campsen, father of current state Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Charleston), died at the age of 81, having served three terms and later fighting for the removal of the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse.

Commentary

The journey is as important as the destination

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher

DEC. 17, 2010 – Hundreds bundled Monday in the freezing afternoon cold to remember as a South Carolina pioneer, former state Rep. Harriet Keyserling, was laid to rest. 

An ardent advocate for South Carolina’s women, children, environment and common sense, she was the epitome of a public servant. No better description of the powerful impact to South Carolina of her well-lived life could be given than the eulogy by friend Bud Ferillo, which we offer in full today. It started with this poem:


“Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave

gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;

Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.

I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.”

 

 --Edna St. Vincent Millay

Ferillo:  "She was ours, and we loved her more than any telling of it. Harriet Keyserling was supposed to live forever, as irrational as it is. None of us ever considered a time when she would not be here:  prodding, pushing, encouraging, caring, organizing, giving, working, frowning, laughing, then back to frowning.  A “force of nature” does not even begin to tell the tale.

"Yes, she was shy, private, insecure and modest but she never permitted these traits to keep her from embracing uphill battles, facing impossible odds, taking on long term struggles, all the hard things that others avoided or just dropped out of sheer frustrationAGAINST THE TIDE, indeed. Every day, every week, every year.

"She detested stupid people, prejudice of any kind, violence wherever it occurred and cruelty in any form.  In one of the most unlikely moments of our long friendship, we attended a rodeo in an enormous cattle arena in Denver, Colorado, replete with every kind of calf, cattle and steer roping imaginable. It was the the opening hospitality event at a national conference of state legislators.  We had seats on the front row, a Jewish woman from New York’s West Side and a city boy from Charleston trapped in a temple of genuine Western Americana; we escaped in five minutes. Nonetheless, that small, almost frail woman was the very embodiment of courage. Indefatigable courage. What kind of courage is that? Any Southerner replies: Stonewall Jackson’s kind of courage.

"What else could have powered her to go so far in public life so completely ill-equipped with the traditional skills of politicians? What else could have enabled her to achieve what she achieved in 18 years in local and state government? What, but courage, could have moved an 88 year old woman to risk her life for the relief of pain so that she might fight on a little longer for her hearts true causes: public education, conservation, the arts, nuclear waste and women’s issues? In the recent election, Harriet sent emails to organize 100 women to join her in a statement called Agenda Over Gender.

She worked at it day and night and inspired not 100, 200 or 500 women but over 1,000 women in this state to join her. When the election was over, and that cause lost, she wrote these words to the army she had raised:

“'Remember that the journey is as important as the destination. By staying involved we can model the kind of leadership we want to see. Each time we come together we will be that much stronger.'

"There you have it, the essence of this good, strong, decent, smart, cultured woman, teaching the highest ideals of this nation among her last messages on earth.

“'Remember that the journey is as important as the destination.'

"Emily Dickinson wrote “the poet lights the light and fades away. But the light goes on and on.”

"And so, as she takes her place for eternity beside the man she loved so much who enticed her from the streets of New York to this magical, graceful place amidst Spanish moss and tideland creeks, let me give each of you this final charge from her:


“'Do not go gentle into that good night Old age should rave and burn at the close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light… Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'”

Charleston native Bud Ferillo is a Columbia public relations executive and director of USC's Initiative for South Carolina's Future. Statehouse Report Publisher Andy Brack can be reached at: brack@statehousereport.com.

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My Turn

Ordinance is America’s most important unknown document

By W. Eric Emerson
Director of the S.C. Department of Archives and History

DEC. 17, 2010 – One hundred and fifty years ago today at a state convention of the people in Columbia, 169 delegates unanimously adopted a resolution that South Carolina should secede immediately from the Union.

Fearing a smallpox epidemic in Columbia, the convention moved to Institute Hall in Charleston on December 18 and appointed a committee to draft an ordinance. The convention moved to the smaller and quieter St. Andrew’s Hall to work, and in the early afternoon of December 20, Chairman John A. Inglis, a 47-year-old Baltimore native, presented the committee’s final draft.

It read simply:
“That the Ordinance adopted by us in Convention, on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also all Acts and parts of Acts, of the General Assembly of this State, ratifying amendments of the said Constitution, are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of 'The United States of America,' is hereby dissolved."
A roll-call vote was taken behind closed doors, alphabetically by surname at 1:07 p.m. and it ended at 1:15 p.m. The document was adopted by unanimous vote. At 6:45 p.m., the delegates marched in procession from St. Andrew’s Hall to Institute Hall, which had a capacity of over 3,000 people, and was filled to overflowing. The state legislative officers in their robes, the president and clerk of the convention, and the Governor were on the stage. Over the course of two hours delegates signed the document in alphabetical order by election district. The city and the state participated in wild celebrations.

South Carolina was an independent nation, and it sent envoys to other southern states to urge their secession from the Union. Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas soon followed South Carolina’s lead. On February 4, 1861, the recently seceded states formed the Confederate States of America. On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces located in and around Charleston Harbor fired on the Federal garrison in Fort Sumter.

Many of the signers of South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession lived to see the devastation and more than 600,000 deaths wrought by the document that they created. None, however, lived to see its long-term impact: a nation free and forever united.

Though it was intended to protect the rights of South Carolina slaveholders, the Ordinance instead resulted in the emancipation of nearly 4 million enslaved African-Americans. It also enabled the United States to fulfill the unrealized promises of freedom and equality set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The resulting 13th, 14th and 15th amendments fundamentally altered our nation’s definition of citizenship, provided a legal foundation for the Civil Rights acts of the 1960s and paved the way for the election of an African-American president in the 21st century.

Without the Ordinance of Secession, none of these events would have occurred in the same time, form or fashion. It is not clear that any Southern state would have seceded without South Carolina’s example. Without secession, there would have been no Confederacy and no Civil War. The South would have avoided destruction. Emancipation would have come at a different time, in a different form and with different long-term results. There would have been no Reconstruction and perhaps no Jim Crow legislation or civil rights movement.

For many years after the war, South Carolinians viewed the Ordinance of Secession as a symbol of defiance against outside interference in the state’s affairs. Some still celebrate its creation and its signers. To mark this anniversary, however, we should re-envision this pivotal document in our nation’s history. Nearly a century has passed since the death of the last surviving signer, and the world is a dramatically different place. Enough time has passed for us to acknowledge and understand the Ordinance of Secession’s grave consequences and unexpected outcomes. Those legacies are still with us, and they will remain long after this anniversary.

Though it will never rank among our nation’s most popular documents, South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession deserves its place among those documents that fundamentally altered the course of history for both our nation and the world.

Historian W. Eric Emerson, Ph.D. is the director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the State Historic Preservation Officer. He is a member of the South Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Board and past president of the Fort Sumter/Fort Moultrie Trust.
Scorecard

Up and down this week in SC

Dennis Ferguson. The retired computer programmer, 74, who lives on Fripp Island, cut a check last month for $10,000 to the State of California, to show his gratitude for the four months of unemployment benefits he received from that state in 1964 that allowed him to retrain for a new career. More.

Solar! In S.C.! Santee Cooper will unveil 1,300 solar panels this week along the Grand Strand that could power as many as 300 homes.
More.

Haley. Criticisms aside of soon-to-be released Department of Corrections Jon Ozmint, bully for you continuing to pick your own cabinet!

Home sales. Statewide sales are down, foreclosures are up, and buyers seem to be waiting.  More.

Budget and Control Board. Why wait another month to officially recognize, and potentially cover the deficits at three agencies, which is what you did this week? Why not let the red stain of the deficits soil Gov. Mark Sanford’s hands, instead of loading up Gov.-elect Nikki Haley’s plate? Oh that’s right. Sanford chairs the board.

Stegelin

Slow down


Also from Stegelin: 12/10 | 12/3 | 11/26 | 11/19
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