Recent Bag Legislations

Alaska - Haines

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on non-compostable plastic bags.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

California - Del Mar

Status Approved
Status Date June 15, 2017
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastics bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent fee on paper bags and reusable bags
Reusable Definition 10-cent fee on paper bags and reusable bags
Comply Date June 15, 2017
Updated October 25, 2021

Colorado - Breckenridge

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on plastic bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper
Comply Date September 01, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

Colorado - Fort Collins

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 12-cent tax on paper bags
Comply Date May 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Colorado - Frisco

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide 25-cent tax on plastic and paper bags. City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags;
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 25-cent tax on paper – Amended to include bag ban.
Comply Date September 01, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

Colorado - Louisville

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide 25-cent tax on plastic and paper bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • City-wide 25-cent tax on plastic and paper bags
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Colorado - Winter Park

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide 20-cent tax on paper and plastic bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide 20-cent tax on paper and plastic bags
Comply Date July 01, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Branford

Status Approved
Status Date December 12, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper bags.
Comply Date December 12, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Darien

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 12.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 12 mils.
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper bags
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Fairfield

Status Approved
Status Date May 28, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 12.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that (1) contains no old growth fiber, (2) is 100% recyclable, (3) contains a minimum of 40% post -consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post -consumer recycled content), and (4) conspicuously displays the phrase Reusable and Recyclable on the outside of the bag and the percentage of post -consumer recycled content
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and that is made of (1) cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric, and/ or 2) durable plastic that is at least 12. 0 mils (thousandths of an inch) thick. A Reusable Checkout Bag shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other toxic material, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags.
Stores Affected
Any person, corporation, partnership, business, or other organization or group, however organized, that transfers merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a customer in exchange for payment. The term includes, by way of example and not limitation, any grocery store, ...view more delivery service, department store, clothing store, hardware store, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, delicatessen, convenience store, food truck, sidewalk vendor, farmers' market, flea market, and any other retail store or vendor. The term shall not include the sale of goods at yard sales, tag sales, or other sales by residents at their home view less
Fees None
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 84
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Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Glastonbury

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 6.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 6 mils.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Groton

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on plastic bags less than 4 mils
Comply Date April 07, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Guilford

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 12.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on plastic bags less than 12 mils.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Madison

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper bags
Comply Date January 06, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Newtown

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 12.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 12 mils
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper bags.
Comply Date October 28, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Washington

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 12.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on plastic bags less than 12 mils
Comply Date October 10, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Connecticut - Windham

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 12.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 12 mils
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Minimum 10-cent fee on paper.
Comply Date October 16, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - Alachua County

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags 2.25 mils or less.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - Bal Harbour

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags.
Comply Date November 01, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - Gainesville

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.25 mils.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - Gainesville

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide plastic bag ban
Comply Date August 01, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - North Bay Village

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all plastic bags.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - St. Augustine Beach

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all plastic bags.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Florida - Surfside

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all plastic bags.
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Georgia - South Fulton

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags
Comply Date March 01, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

Hawaii - Oahu

Status Approved
Status Date July 24, 2018
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • County-wide ban on plastic bags and ban on all plastic bags by 2020
Reusable Definition 15-cent tax on reusable plastic bags
Comply Date July 24, 2018
Ordinance Bill 59
Updated October 25, 2021

Hawaii - Oahu

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Ban on plastic bags.
Comply Date July 01, 2015
Ordinance Bill 8-Dec
Updated October 25, 2021

Hawaii - Statewide

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • County-wide ban on plastic bags
Comply Date January 16, 2014
Ordinance Bill 17
Updated October 25, 2021

Maine - Biddeford

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 4 mils; option of charging for paper or reusable plastic bag.
Comply Date July 15, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Maine - Mount Desert

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 3 mils.
Comply Date May 08, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Maine - Waterville

Status Approved
Status Date April 22, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags
Comply Date April 22, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Maryland - Baltimore

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Stores Affected Anyone engaged in retail sale of goods. This includes: supermarket, convenience store, restaurants, shops, service stations, or other sales outlet.
Fees $0.05 on all bags
Comply Date October 01, 2021
Ordinance CCB19-0401
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Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Billerica

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 3 mils.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Chelsea

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 3 mils.
Comply Date December 17, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Easthampton

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper
Comply Date October 14, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Halifax

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Malden

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - North Attleborough

Status Pending
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on plastic bags less than 4 mils
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - North Reading

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Citywide ban on plastic bags less than 2.5 mils.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Randolph

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.5 mils.
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Steamboat Springs

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.25 mils
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 20-cent tax on paper bags
Comply Date October 01, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Massachusetts - Walpole

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Comply Date September 01, 2021
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Updated October 25, 2021

Michigan - Washtenaw County

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • County-wide ban on plastic bags
Reusable Definition 10-cent fee on reusable bags.
Comply Date April 22, 2017
Ordinance Bill CBO
Updated October 25, 2021

New Jersey - Chatham Borough

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all plastic bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper bags.
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

New Jersey - East Brunswick

Status Pending
Status Date October 25, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

New Jersey - Readington

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Township-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.25 mils
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

New Jersey - Statewide

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Law banning businesses from selling or providing single-use plastic carryout bags
Comply Date May 04, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

New Mexico - Las Cruces

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags and 10 tax on plastic bags
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

New Mexico - Neming

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Comply Date March 12, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

New York - Statewide

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Statewide ban on plastic bags.
Comply Date October 16, 2021
Updated October 25, 2021

North Carolina - Hyde County

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • County-wide ban on plastic bags.
Comply Date October 01, 2010
Ordinance Bill 130A-309.118
Updated October 25, 2021

Ohio - Bexley

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric that is at least 2.25 mils thick
Stores Affected Any commercial establishment, operating form a permanent enclosed structure, that sells perishable and non perishable goods, including but not limited to: clothing, food and personal items directly to a customer.
Fees $0.10 for paper or resuable bag
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance 14-19
Links
Updated October 25, 2021

Ohio - Cincinnati

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.25 mils
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Recycled content paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is one hundred percent recyclable and contains a minimum of forty percent post-consumer recycled material, which a food service establishment or restaurant provides to a customer at the point of sale or otherwise for the purpose of carrying goods, including food, out of the food service establishment or restaurant. The word "Recyclable" shall be legibly printed on the outside of the bag, as well as the name and location of the manufacturer and the percentage of post-consumer recycled material used to manufacture the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag" shall mean a bag specifically designed and manufactured for extensive reuse, which is made of cloth, other machine washable fabric, or durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick, and which a food service establishment or restaurant provides to a customer at the point of sale or otherwise for the purpose of carrying goods, including food, out of the food service establishment or restaurant.
Stores Affected
"Food service establishment" shall mean a commercial establishment located within the city in a permanent building, operating year-round, that sells foodstuffs, meats, produce, dairy products, or perishable foods to be consumed off the premises where they are sold, and which is not a restaurant. and "Restaurant" shall mean a commercial ...view more that is primarily engaged in serving prepared food and beverages to customers for consumption, whether on or off its premises, including but not limited to, restaurants, cafeterias, cafes, fast-food outlets, snack bars, food trucks, takeouts, and food delivery busine view less
Fees $0.05 (minimum) for paper or reusable bag
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance Chapter 802, Totle VIII
Notes Sec 802-1-F and 802-1-RI
Links
Updated October 25, 2021

Ohio - Cuyahoga County

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • County-wide ban on film plastic bags
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • “Permitted Paper Bag” means a paper bag provided by a Retail Establishment to a customer at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting goods, which meets both of the following requirements: 1. The bag is manufactured from at least 40% recycled content; and 2. The bag is 100% recyclable
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric that is at least 2.25 mils thick and capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds with at least 75 uses per bag.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” means any supermarket, convenience store, department store, store, shop, service station, or restaurant and any other sales outlets where a customer can buy goods and/or food.
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance Ordiance # 02019-0005, Adding Chapter 1304
Links
Updated October 25, 2021

Oregon - Hillsboro

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Oregon - Newport

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags and a minimum of a 5-cent tax on paper bags.
Comply Date July 01, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Rhode Island - Bristol

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A bag, with handles which are stitched and not heat-fused, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. The bag must be made of washable cloth, other durable woven or nonwoven fabric, or durable plastic film that is recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
Stores Affected
Retail Sales Establishment. Any enterprise whereby the sale or transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. This does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales ...view more nonprofit organizations. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance #2018-2, Revising Section 24 adding Artcile V
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Updated October 25, 2021

Rhode Island - Central Falls

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all polyethylene bags
Comply Date April 22, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Rhode Island - Cranston

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • 4.0 mil thickness & not heat fused handles
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag" means a paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty (40) percent post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber. The bag should display the words "reusable" and "recyclable" or the universal recycling logo on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag" means a bag, with handles that are stitched and not heat-fused, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or durable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
Stores Affected
"Business establishment" means any commercial enterprise that provides plastic carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, and includes all employees of the business and any independent contractors associated with the business. For the purposes of the ordinance, "business establishment" shall also include farmers' markets. ...view more establishment" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their homes, and sales by nonprofit organizations. view less
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance Ordiance: 2019-14, Code: 8.12.140
Links
Updated October 25, 2021

South Carolina - North Myrtle Beach

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and made a durable material specificallydesigned for and provided tocustomers with the intention of multiple, long term use and does not include any filmplastic bags.
Stores Affected Any entity or individual engaged in the retail sale of goods. Retail establishments include any, grocery stores, super market, convenience stores, shop, service station, restaurant, farmers market vendor or any other sales outlet where a customer can purchase goods, material or prodcuts.
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Links
Updated October 25, 2021

South Carolina - Seabrook Island

Status Pending
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Town-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.25 mils
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Vermont - Norwich

Status Approved
Status Date September 01, 2019
Comply Date September 01, 2019
Updated October 25, 2021

Vermont - Wilmington

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Town-wide plastic bag ban
Comply Date July 01, 2019
Ordinance Bill Plastic Bag Ordinance
Updated October 25, 2021

Virginia - Alexandria

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide 5-cent tax on plastic bags less than 4 mils
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Virginia - Arlington County

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide 5-cent tax on plastic bags less than 4 mils
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Virginia - Fairfax County

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide 5-cent tax on plastic bags less than 4 mils
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Virginia - Fredericksburg County

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide 5-cent tax on plastic bags less than 4 mils
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Virginia - Roanoke

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide 5-cent tax on plastic bags
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Updated October 25, 2021

Washington - Bothell

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all plastic bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper bags.
Comply Date April 22, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Washington - Burien

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • City-wide ban on all plastic bags
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 10-cent tax on paper.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Washington - Kent

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • City-wide ban on plastic bags less than 2.25 mils
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 8-cent tax on paper/reusable.
Reusable Definition 8-cent tax on paper/reusable.
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Updated October 25, 2021

Washington - Statewide Legislation

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Single-use plastic bags banned
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Allows the use of nonwood renewable fiber in recycled content paper carryout bags; and amending RCW 70A.530.010 2and 70A.530.020
Stores Affected "Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization, or individual that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or materials directly to a customer including home delivery, temporary stores, or vendors at farmers markets, street fairs, and festivals.
Comply Date October 01, 2021
Ordinance HB1145
Notes Allows the use of nonwood renewable fiber in recycled content paper carryout bags; and amending RCW 70A.530.010 2and 70A.530.020
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Updated October 25, 2021

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