Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

84th Legislative Session

  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Governor Abbott Signs State Budget Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed HB 1, the General Appropriations Act, into law. Upon signing the 2016-2017 budget, Governor Abbott released the following statement:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3736
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House BillNo. 3736 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 4025
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 4025 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 4103
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 4103 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3579
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3579 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 130
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 130 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 313
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 313 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3511
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3511 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 496
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 496 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 1032
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1032 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3390
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3390 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 1034
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1034 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3193
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3193 as passed by the Eighty- Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 1408
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1408 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3184
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 74, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3184 as passed by the Eighty- Foufh Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3184
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 74, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3184 as passed by the Eighty-Foufh Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 1655
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1655 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3060
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3060 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3043
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3043 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2830
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2830 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2826
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2826 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2775
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2775 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2647
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 74, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2647 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2466
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14,of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2466 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2381
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2381 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2282
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2282 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2100
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2100 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2084
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2084 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2068
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2068 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 1855
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1855 as passed by the Eighty- Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 1633
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1633 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 1628
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1628 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 1363
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1363 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 499
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 499 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 184
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 184 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    House Bill 994 Becomes Law
    I want to be clear that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) can recognize an ad valorem tax exemption under Chapter 11 of the Tax Code for a property that complies with, or prevents the applicability of, a federal environmental rule without conceding the legality or policy merits of the federal rule.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    House Bill 700 Becomes Law
    Tuition set-asides subsidize the education of some students at the cost of all, and should be eliminated as provided by House Bill No. 700.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    House Bill 2396 Becomes Law
    Tuition set-asides subsidize the education of some students at the cost of all, and should be eliminated as provided by House Bill No. 2396.
  • Friday, June 19, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Filed With No Signature
    House Bill 3089 To Become Law Without Signature
    Decisions regarding local fire ordinances are best left to local governments, and in this particular situation and in this particular political subdivision (City of San Antonio), these considerations have been deliberated and yet the buildings in question were intentionally grandfathered from code compliance.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 973
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 973 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 1015
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1015 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 1119
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 1119 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 3291
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3291 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Resolution Posthumously Awarding Chris Kyle The Texas Legislative Medal Of Honor
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Concurrent Resolution 85 (Wray, R-Waxahachie; Birdwell, R-Granbury) to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, a native Texan and Navy SEAL who served four tours in Iraq and is recognized as the most lethal sniper in United States military history.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Requiring Local Government Financial Disclosure
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 1378 (Flynn, R-Canton; Bettencourt, R-Houston), one of his Bicentennial Blueprint recommendations, which will require all local taxing entities to post their financial statements online or through the Texas Comptroller’s website.
  • Monday, June 15, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Providing Over $4 Billion In Tax Relief For Businesses And Homeowners
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a bill signing ceremony at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX where he ceremonially signed into law HB 32 (D. Bonnen, R-Angleton; Nelson, R-Flower Mound), which will permanently reduce the business franchise tax by 25 percent.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Expanding Texans’ Second Amendment Rights
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed HB 910 (Phillips, R-Sherman; Estes, R-Wichita Falls) and SB 11 (Birdwell, R-Granbury; Fletcher, R-Cypress), which expand Texans’ Second Amendment rights.
  • Friday, June 12, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Establish State Bullion Depository
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 483 (Capriglione, R-Southlake; Kolkhorst, R-Brenham) to establish a state gold bullion depository administered by the Office of the Comptroller.
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Pastor Protection Act Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 2065 (Estes, R-Wichita Falls; Sanford, R-McKinney), the Pastor Protection Act, which protects religious organizations and individuals from performing marriage ceremonies that violate sincerely-held religious beliefs.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs E-Verify Bill (SB 374) Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 374 (Schwertner, R-Georgetown; Dale, R-Cedar Park), which will require state agencies to participate in the E-verify program, a federal initiative authenticating the employment authorization status of all newly-hired employees by state agencies. The bill was part of Governor Abbott’s “Bicentennial Blueprint.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes Senate Bill 408
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 74, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Govemor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 408 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 2788
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2788 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections.
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Comprehensive Border Security Legislation
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a signing ceremony at the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Regional Headquarters in Houston, TX, where he promoted his border security initiative – one of the Governor’s emergency legislative items.
  • Friday, June 05, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs State Agency Contracting Reform Legislation
    Governor Greg Abbott has signed legislation implementing key reforms to enhance reporting and increase transparency and accountability in state contracting.
  • Friday, June 05, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Championing Texas Veterans
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a signing ceremony at VFW Post 76 in San Antonio, the oldest VFW hall in Texas, highlighting multiple bills to implement his veterans’ initiative.
  • Thursday, June 04, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Elevate Texas’ Higher Education System
    – Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 632 (Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay; Button, R-Richardson) to implement the Governor’s University Research Initiative, an emergency item declared by the Governor that will attract nationally-recognized researchers and Nobel Laureates to Texas institutions of higher education.
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Bills To Improve Transportation In Texas
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a ceremonial bill signing on the heliport at the Dallas Convention Center where he discussed the investments in transportation infrastructure made this legislative session.
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 225
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 225 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes SB 359
    Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 359 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections.
  • Monday, June 01, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Bill Authorizing Seizure-Reducing Treatment For Intractable Epilepsy Patients
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 339 (Eltife, R-Tyler; Klick, R-Fort Worth), which will allow individuals with intractable epilepsy (IE) to access cannabidiol (CBD oil) to reduce seizures.
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Emergency Early Education Bills
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed four bills implementing his emergency early education initiative.
  • Friday, May 22, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs SB 344 Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 344 (Huffman, R-Houston; Dale, R-Cedar Park) to take effect September 1, 2015. SB 344 makes online solicitation of a minor a punishable offense.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Senate Bill 925
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 925 (Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Aycock, R- Killeen), which establishes literacy achievement academies to provide high-quality, face-to-face professional development to public school teachers who instruct students in kindergarten through third grade.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Governor Abbott Vetoes HCR 84
    Pursuant to Article IV, Sections 14 and 15 of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove and veto House Concurrent Resolution No. 84 from the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, due to the following objections.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs HB 40 Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 40 (Darby, R-San Angelo; Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay), which preempts regulation of oil and gas activity at the city level and resides that duty with the state, and ensures that any local regulation of surface activity is commercially reasonable and does not effectively prohibit an oil and gas operation.
  • Friday, May 15, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Governor Abbott Signs “Kari’s Law” (SB 788)
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 788 (Eltife, R-Tyler; Paddie, R-Marshall), also known as “Kari’s Law”, to require direct dialing of 9-1-1 from multi-line telephone systems across the state.
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Governor Abbott Signs SB 835 Into Law
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 835 (V. Taylor, R-Plano) into law to take effect September 1, 2015. SB 835 increases the penalty for the offense of presenting a fraudulent or fictitious military record. Governor Abbott issued the following statement.
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