Open Letter: The U.S. Department of Labor Should Protect Those on the Path to Economic Security by Implementing the Fiduciary Rule


More than one third of Hoosier families struggle to bring in enough income to meet their basic needs – food, rent, health care, transportation, and child care - without public or private assistance. For those who cross the threshold into self-sufficiency, one of the next major steps toward long-term economic security is saving for retirement. Retiring with dignity and security is a dream most Hoosiers share, and adequate personal savings is currently the only reliable pathway to keep families from spending their golden years worried about their finances. Sadly, the U.S. Department of Labor is currently taking steps to make it even harder to build a sufficient nest egg.



Although there are some social safety nets (e.g. Social Security, Medicare) that are designed to prevent seniors from living in or near poverty, they are often inadequate. Today, more than one in six Hoosiers age 65+ lives well below self-sufficiency (with income at 150% of federal poverty or less). Accordingly, in On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Indiana, coauthored by Dr. Diana Pearce and the Indiana Institute for Working Families, we advise that “the sooner [families] are able to begin saving for retirement, the better.” As illustrated in the report, a single adult in Tippecanoe County who starts saving at age 25 may only need to set aside $203/month to be financially secure in retirement, while that same adult will need to tuck away $757/month if she waits until age 55 to begin saving. To check the data for your age range & county, see Table 8 in the report. 

Unfortunately for those Hoosiers who reach this step in the economic security pathway, the Department of Labor is proposing to delay and possibly overturn the fiduciary rule, which would require that all financial professionals provide advice that is in best interests of savers. Without this rule, advisers are allowed to put their financial interests ahead of their clients’, leaving Hoosiers and other Americans vulnerable to advice that puts more of their hard-earned dollars in the pockets of financial professionals instead of their IRAs. The rule was set to take effect this month and projected to save Americans $17 billion a year. That’s billion with a B.

“Hoosiers who are striving toward long-term economic security need this kind of protection now more than ever,” said Erin Macey, policy analyst at Indiana Institute for Working Families. “Fewer people have pensions, so more Hoosiers must manage their retirement savings on their own. Those who turn to professionals to help them navigate the complex world of investing should feel confident that they are getting the best counseling possible. It is distressing to think that the advice Hoosiers are paying for may not be in their best interests.”

For Hoosiers striving toward a dignified retirement at the end of their working life, the fiduciary rule is a small but important guard rail on the pathway to economic security. The Indiana Institute for Working Families joins the many other organizations calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to move forward with implementation of the rule. 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Inside the Statehouse - The Final Tally

*Updated 4/28/17
Ding dong, the session’s over! In a long budget session, it can feel like endlessly walking the yellow brick road complete with trees throwing apples and gate guards that block entrance to Emerald City. But we made it! Along the way, we stopped a dangerous payday lending bill, got a summer study of paid family and medical leave through, spoke out against banning Ban the Box statutes, educated on the importance of early childhood education and Head Start, fought to expand access to SNAP to prior drug felons, passed a bill increasing SNAP asset limits, added an adult literacy report to the table, protected the Work Force Ready Grant, and battled for affordable housing. Read on for more details and a look at how our policy agenda fared. 

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The Institute’s 2017 Legislative Public Policy Agenda detailed the “missing pieces” in Indiana’s economy that affect a third of Hoosiers who are not self-sufficient, meaning do not make enough to pay for the basics. The legislative session is over and with that, we take a look at which missing pieces were filled in and where there are still holes in Indiana’s economic puzzle. 

A PATH TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Put families on a path to self-sufficiency by protecting them from high-cost payday loans and predatory lending products. Support asset-building and financial literacy training by increasing funding for individual development accounts (IDAs). 

SB 245 Long term small loans (Holdman) was a bill that sought to extend the payday industry with a long-term loan up to $2,500 with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 240%. (You can read about the details on the blog here and here. Highlights, on a $2,500 loan, a person making $10,000 less than the self-sufficiency standard for one adult with one child in Marion county would owe over $9,000 in interest over those two years. Yikes!) The Institute fought hard against in the first half of the session, rallying over 20 religious leaders, former payday borrowers and employees, and advocates to speak against this harmful and unnecessary legislation.  It was successfully defeated in committee with bipartisan 4-5 vote. Later in the session, the payday industry tried to insert language about high interest small loans into another bill, but the amendment was never voted on thanks in part to several advocates who dropped what they were doing to be a voice in that committee hearing. SB 474 Small loans (Melton) provided for more disclosures and an extended payment plan not over $50/weekly or $100/biweekly and was amended into SB 245 in the first half of the session, perhaps as a way to make the bill more palatable. While those were good ideas, the Institute was still happy the bill died.


INVESTMENT IN TWO-GENERATION SOLUTIONS: Investments in Head Start, preschool and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) ensure that young children continue to learn and grow while their parents work or seek further education. 

SB 276 Early childhood grant pilot program (Holdman) and HB 1004 Prekindergarten education (Behning) were the two big Pre-K bills this session. In the end, the House bill is what went through with aspects of SB 276 folded in. It passed 31-19 in the Senate and 82-16 in the House. The final version expands Pre-K to 15 additional counties, details income eligibility requirements (127%-185% of FPL depending on the circumstances), and increases spending by $10 million including $1million for an online preschool program. It also contains voucher language that allows an eligible student in the Pre-K pilot program to get a private school voucher for kindergarten at that same choice scholarship school. The Institute is excited that Pre-K in Indiana is expanding and more families will have access to the family-wide benefits of early childhood education! *UPDATE - Governor Holcomb signed this bill into law on April 26, 2017.

REMOVE BARRIERS TO ADULT EDUCATION & WORKFORCE TRAINING: Allow for better coordination of skills training, higher education and necessary support services. Increase support for the Indiana Adult Student Grant and the WorkINdiana training program, and create Indiana’s first fund for job-driven adult literacy.

SB 198 Career and technical education (Long) and HB 1008 were the workforce bills the Institute followed throughout the session to ensure that the Workforce Ready Grant was included. This grant helps Hoosiers as they seek training and certification for high-value jobs. At one point the language was removed, but is in the final version of SB 198 which passed as a hybrid with HB 1008. The Senate passed the bill with a 50-0 vote and the House passed it with a 98-0 vote. This is a great step in connecting Indiana employees with the thousands of openings for high-demand, high wage  jobs. 

SB 108 Education matters (Kruse) had a technical correction in the last days of the session. It requires, among other things, the department of workforce development to commission an entity that specializes in improving access to adult literacy programs to: (1) prepare and submit a report regarding adult literacy programs to the legislative council; and (2) present the report to the state workforce innovation council. Literacy is an important factor in determining employment and thus self-sufficiency; the Institute wants to help ensure that Hoosiers have access to quality programs that put them in the best position to succeed. 
There were two work-sharing unemployment insurance bills that did not get hearings this session, HB 1212 Work sharing unemployment benefit (Hatfield) and HB 1464 Work sharing unemployment benefits (Carbaugh). The legislature missed an opportunity to help employers reduce layoffs by cutting hours wages and spare employees the hardship of full unemployment.


ASSISTS & REBOUNDS: Help Hoosiers rebound more quickly from tough times by removing the asset test from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility requirements and raising Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility to 50 percent of the federal poverty level.

We had some great success in this area, but also some frustrating missed opportunities. Good news first, SB 154 Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility (Merritt) passed, increasing the asset limit to $5000. This will help families save, while still getting much needed food assistance. *UPDATE - The Governor signed SB 154 into law on April 27, 2017. Huzzah!

The bad news, SB 9 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and drug convictions (Merritt) made it through the Senate, but did not move in the House. Currently, those with other felonies are eligible for food assistance. There is no good reason this benefit should not be extended to those with prior drug convictions too. A subject of much legislation this session was the opioid epidemic in Indiana. The argument was made that if we want to stop this epidemic, we need to make sure those in recovery, who may have drug felonies, can get food assistance in order to stay clean. Even that was not convincing enough for some members. This is a topic that the Institute will continue to support and work on.

Another disappointing missed opportunity was SB 527 TANF eligibility (Stoops), which was heard in Senate Family and Children Services, but never acted upon. This bill would have increased access to TANF by changing income eligibility and would have removed the dollar amounts dictated in statute, which has not kept up with inflation. Hopefully, this is something legislators will be more amenable to in the future.  

QUALITY OF LIFE & QUALITY OF WORK: Ensure that all working Hoosiers can balance work, family and household budgets through policies that promote fair scheduling, paid leave and high-quality, well-paying jobs. 

The legislature took a step towards increasing the quality of life and work by passing SB 253 Study of voluntary paid family and medical leave (Tallian). There is data being collected now on some options for paid family and medical leave programs, which will be presented to the summer study committee. The Institute is hopeful there will be open ears and that the General Assembly continues to take steps forward on this.

This policy point had several missed opportunities including SB 318 Minimum wage (Mrvan), HB 1183 Employee paid sick leave (Lawson), HB 1442 Paid sick and safe leave (Porter), and SB 3 Paid personal leave (Randolph). Legislators may be more willing to move legislation like this forward after the summer study when they have heard some of the options.


BUILD A MORE JUST HOOSIER ECONOMY, STARTING WITH EQUITABLE BUDGET CHOICES: Make equitable budget choices that remedy Indiana’s regressive tax structure, increase economic mobility for working families and promote a more just economy for all Hoosiers.

HB 1001 Biennial budget (Brown) is a huge document (183 pages!), and includes, among many other things, $22M/year for Pre-K expansion with $1M/year earmarked for online Pre-K reimbursement, $300,000/year for food banks, $970,000/year for Individual Development Accounts,  $5M/year for WorkINdiana Program, and $7,579,858/year for adult student grants.

HB 1002 Transportation infrastructure funding (Soliday) increased gas tax by $0.10 per gallon, created a new registration fee, and moves gas sales tax funds to road funding over the next several years.
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The Institute had over 100 bills on its tracking list this session. Though many did not make it past the first set of deadlines, there were several notable ones that did. These bills have passed both chambers, but have not yet been signed by the Governor.

HB 1470 Government information (Ober) passed 93-2 in the House and 37-13 in the Senate. A main concern was privacy of personal information that Hoosiers entrust to the state. Hopefully, the management performance hub will be able to use public data released to them to solve issues that will impact Hoosiers for the better.

HB 1523 Search fee for public records request (Richardson) has been signed by the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker and heads to the Governor’s desk. When it goes into effect in July, it will interesting to see the affect it has on public records requests and if the cost is burdensome to individuals, political parties, companies, and research organizations like the Institute.*UPDATE - Governor Holcomb vetoed this bill.

SB 312 Use of criminal history information in hiring (Boots) is on its way to the Governor’s desk. The Institute, the ACLU, and the NAACP among others have signed a letter asking Governor Holcomb not to sign SB 312 without an executive order to Ban the Box for state employees. This legislation preempts local ability to address the unique employment circumstances in different areas and help portions of the population obtain meaningful employment. *UPDATE - Governor Holcomb will sign SB 312, but has said he will also sign an executive order banning the box for State employees. See IIWF's press release on the Governor's announcement.

SB 558 Leases and sales of real property (Holdman) is on its way to the Governor. The Institute fought against this bill as it preempts local ability to solve affordable housing problems by limiting requirements municipalities can put on new developments. It also defines occupancy standards by room (2 per specified sleeping area) instead of square feet. This could cause families with three children to rent three bedroom apartments instead of two, increasing housing costs by hundreds if not thousands per year.

These bills are law!

SB 242 Indiana housing first program (Merritt) was signed into law on April 21. This establishes a Housing First program in Indiana that helps find housing and support services for those with mental health and addiction challenges. Reliable housing can help individuals tackle the next step towards self-sufficiency like transportation, employment, and savings.

SB 307 Veteran preference for employment and training (Hershman) fits right in to the discussion of the Indiana economy and increasing access to employment and improved skills. This bill was signed into law on April 21, and will hopefully connect service members and their families to jobs that acknowledge and build upon their service and skills.

HB 412 529 Education savings plan matters (Koch) was signed into law on April 13. It excludes 529 education savings plans from asset tests for some scholarships and grants and for certain public assistance programs (LIHEAP, TANF, and Medicaid).

HB 1268 Traffic amnesty program (Shackleford) was signed into law at the end of March. This bill assigns to a study committee the topic of lower traffic fines and fees for certain individuals. Removing barriers to a driver’s license is not only beneficial to working families who need transportation to work, but to the economy who gains reliable workers.

More missed opportunities:

Food Supply – SB 277 Healthy food initiative program (Head) and HB 1425 Fresh food initiative (Olthoff) would have helped businesses and other legal entities to provide fresh food options for underserved geographic areas, which are sometimes known as food deserts.

Child Care – SB 364 Child care tax credit (Stoops) was heard in Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure and Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, but failed to advance. Child care costs are incredibly expensive and this could have helped families pay for quality care as they work or go to school.

Criminal History and Employment – HB 1267 Former offenders (Shackleford) would have done the opposite of SB 312 by prohibiting employers from asking about criminal history information until they are sure the applicant meets the minimum employment requirements. This would have been an opportunity to give those who have served their time a second chance by increasing their ability to even get interviews for jobs. HB 1611 Tax incentive for hiring ex-offenders (Mayfield) would have done just that, also increasing the ability of former offenders to find gainful employment.

You can see how ALL the bills on the Institute’s Inside the Statehouse watch list fared by going to this blog post. It will be updated for a few more weeks until all the bills have been signed, left to become law after 7 days with no signature, or vetoed. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Inside the Statehouse - Week 15

This week was a whirlwind! Institute staff were all over the Statehouse attending conference committee hearings to make sure no dead language was resurrected. On top of that, staff were scheduling meetings with Congressmen, working on projects, and planning for after the session ends. Read on, faithful follower, for some good news and a breakdown of conference committees.

This week:

Governor Holcomb signed SEA 253 this week! This bill urges the legislature to assign the topic of paid family and medical leave to an interim study committee. The Institute will be urging Legislative Council to indeed assign this topic to a summer study committee. You can find other bills signed by the governor here.

Conference committees began this week. For a recap, as bills return to their original chambers, they are eligible for concurrence. If there have been no changes to the bill or the bill’s author does not disagree with changes made in the second house, he or she concurs. If the author chooses to dissent, whether because they did not like the amendments the other chamber added or there is additional language they want to try to get in, the bill goes to conference committee. One member from each party from both the House and the Senate are chosen to debate the bill, along with advisors from both chambers and parties, to get the bill in a form that is satisfactory to both houses. The conference committee report must be signed by all four conferees and be voted on favorably in both houses before it can be sent to the governor for his signature. If no agreement can be found, the bill dies.

In conference committee:
SB 59 Professional licensing (Head)
SB 515 Various tax matters (Hershman)
HB 1001 State biennial budget (Brown)
HB 1002 Transportation infrastructure funding (Soliday)
HB 1004 Prekindergarten education (Behning)
HB 1008 Workforce development (Huston)
HB 1154 Unemployment insurance (Leonard)
HB 1384 Various education matters (Behning)
HB 1391 Behavioral health and human services licensing (Frizzell)
HB 1394 Waiver of local occupational license fees (Frizzell)
HB 1450 Property tax matters (Leonard)
HB 1470 Government information (Ober)

Returned with no amendments:
HB 1308 Various professional licensing matters (Zent) was signed by the Speaker and President Pro Tempore.
SB 42 Pro bono legal service fee (Grooms) was signed by the Speaker and President Pro Tempore.
SB 242 Indiana housing first program (Merritt) was signed by the President Pro Tempore.
SB 307 Veteran preference for employment and training (Hershman) was signed by the Speaker.
SB 312 Use of criminal history information in hiring (Boots) was signed by the Speaker and President Pro Tempore.
SB 412 529 education savings plan matters (Koch) was signed by the Speaker.

Returned with amendments awaiting concurrence or dissent:
SB 198 Career and technical education (Long)

Concurrences eligible for action:
SB 154 Asset limitation for SNAP eligibility (Merritt)
SB 507 Economic development (Head)

The Senate concurred on:
SB 108 Education matters (Kruse) with a 34-3 vote.
SB 114 Professional licensing (Kruse) with a 47-0 vote and was signed by Speaker
SB 283 Pyramid promotional schemes (Messmer) with a 49-0 vote and was signed by the President Pro Tempore.
SB 346 Donation of certain local funds to a foundation (Grooms) with a 49-0 vote.
SB 440 Various tax matters (Holdman) with a 47-0.
SB 558 Leases and sales of real property (Holdman) with a narrow 28-20 vote.

The House concurred on:
HB 1178 Voter registration opportunity for all motor vehicle transactions (Kersey) with a 76-0 vote.
HB 1281 Various higher education matters (Sullivan) with a 90-0 vote.
HB 1337 Telemedicine matters (Kirkhhofer) with an 84-7 vote.
HB 1439 FSSA matters (Kirchhofer) with a 95-0 vote.
HB 1523 Search fee for public records request (Richardson) with a 63-27.
HB 1539 Financial institutions and consumer credit (Burton) with a 75-18 vote.

Signed by Governor:
SB 253 Study of voluntary paid family and medical leave (Tallian)
HB 1074 Homeowners Association Proxies (Macer)
HB 1268 Traffic amnesty program (Shackleford)
HB 1626 Study of universal service for telecommunication (Negele)

Next week:

HB 1384 Various education matters (Behning) conference committee will be at 3pm in 156-C on Monday 4/17.

The Senate will meet at 1:30pm on Monday 4/17
The House will meet at 1:30pm on Monday 4/17
Friday, April 14, 2017

Inside the Statehouse - Week 14

The Institute has been working this session and this week to address issues like SNAP asset limits, employment as a former offender, and rising housing costs in Indiana. Saving in order to become economically self-sufficient is near impossible with current SNAP asset limits, but SB 154 helps. Finding a job as a former offender is tough and SB 312 is not making it any easier. Housing costs are up making affordable housing hard to find and SB 558 could increase those problems. Read on for more on how the legislature and the Institute are (or are not) addressing these issues this week.

Tuesday, the House passed SB 154 with a vote of 97-0! This bill raises the asset limit for SNAP eligibility to $5,000 from $2,250, which will increase the number of Hoosiers receiving this essential food supplement and allow those already receiving benefits to save for life’s eventualities on the path to self-sufficiency. This bill also requires FSSA to look at the costs of positive errors, meaning benefits were granted when they should not have been. When SNAP benefits are granted to someone who does not actually qualify, those individuals have to pay back the money. FSSA must submit a report of the projected amounts that individuals receiving SNAP benefits would be required to repay using the actual amounts from Jan-Sept, 2018. This part is in response to a Representative who thought it inappropriate for Hoosiers to repay because of the state's error. The House bill differs significantly from the Senate bill, which had an asset limit of $10,000, included exclusions of assets in savings accounts in the names dependent children and certificates of deposit, and allowed for self-attestation of assets; we are disappointed the House did not include these beneficial aspects. In the end, even if SB 154 only raises the asset limit, its passage is a step toward cutting some red tape for the most financially vulnerable Hoosiers and continues the conversation of how we address hunger and poverty at the state level.

The Institute released an open letter to Governor Holcomb this week regarding the ban the Ban the Box bill, SB 312. This bill passed the Legislature despite bipartisan concern, but there is still action to be taken to provide meaningful employment protections that will reduce recidivism and strengthen the workforce within communities. Call Governor Holcomb at 317-232-4567 or write and ask him not to sign SB 312 without an Executive Order to 'Ban the Box' for Indiana's public employees!

Affordable housing in Indiana is hard to find and prices keep increasing. This week SB 558 Leases and sales of real property (Holdman) had a hearing in House Judiciary. There were over twenty people there to testify on the bill and discussion lasted about two hours before it was cut off for a deadline, excluding 6 people in opposition from speaking on the bill, including the Institute. Much of the conversation was on a part of the bill dealing with fees for excessive calls to police creating a nuisance. The Institute has been working hard all week to convince legislators of the dangers this bill poses.

The Institute opposes HB 558 for several reasons. First, it includes language defining reasonable occupancy as two people per bedroom and specifically excludes living and dining rooms from consideration as reasonable sleeping areas. This limits families’ abilities to find affordable housing especially when housing units are being created with more square footage and more habitable space. When families with more than two children have to rent a unit with three bedrooms instead of two, it can increase their housing costs by thousands per year. You can see the increases by bedroom in different areas of Indiana here. Second, the bill includes language that limits municipalities from requiring new developments to reserve a portion of the property for affordable housing unless they provide incentives. This cuts off local zoning boards and commissions from addressing their housing needs. Third, similar to the last point, there is language prohibiting municipalities from designating that certain property must be leased or sold to certain occupants or from controlling price of real property. Localities understand where their affordable housing shortages are, but this limits their ability to address the issue. This bill passed out of committee 5-3. It had two small amendments on second reading and passed the House 78-19.

This Week:

Deadlines - Tuesday was the deadline for committee reports. Wednesday was the deadline for second reading. Thursday was the deadline for third reading. After Thursday, all conference committee reports from the Senate will be sent to Rules. On Monday 4/17, all conference committee reports from the House will be sent to Rules. At this point, the General Assembly is trying to have the session complete by Friday 4/21, with the possibility of session on 4/22 and 4/24 if they cannot make the 4/21 deadline.

House bills with movement this week:
HB 1001 State biennial budget (Brown) had two amendments added on second reading, one relating to Gary Schools and the other making small changes and allocating $250,000 each to USS Indiana Commissioning Committee and Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Inc. There were thirty-nine amendments filed, six were called and failed, two were passed, and the rest were statements from Democrats on their disagreement on the budget. The bill passed 39-9.   
HB 1002 Transportation infrastructure funding (Soliday) passed 34-13. This bill includes an increased gas tax among other fees and regulations relating to transportation and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). 
HB 1178 Voter registration opportunity for all motor vehicle transactions (Kersey) passed 47-0 and returns to the House with amendments.
HB 1337 Telemedicine matters (Kirchhofer) w/ amendments
HB 1384 Various education matters (Behning) passed 36-12. This bill includes language on adult literacy similar to that in SB 108. The difference is this version includes the entity charged with creating the report regarding adult literacy.
HB 1394 Waiver of local occupational license fees (Frizzell) passed 37-11.
HB 1439 FSSA matters ( Kirchhofer) passed 48-0.
HB 1450 Property tax matters (Leonard) had a couple of amendments and passed 48-0.
HB 1470 Government information (Ober) had much discussion, like in committee, over privacy of data. In the end, it passed 34-14.
HB 1523 Search fee for public records requests (Richardson) was amended to exclude title searches from the search fee.
HB 1539 Financial institutions and consumer credit (Burton) passed 46-0 and was returned to the House with amendments from committee, but without any payday language.
HB 1626 Study of universal service for telecommunications (Negele) passed 47-0. 

Senate bills with movement this week:
Awaiting concurrence:
SB 114 Professional licensing (Kruse)
SB 346 Donation of certain local funds to a foundation (Grooms)  
SB 440 Various tax matters (Holdman) 
SB 507 Economic development (Head) 
Voted on this week:
SB 59 Professional licensing (Head) passed out of the House on Monday, 94-0. It goes back to the Senate with amendments from committee and second reading.
SB 108 Education matters (Kruse) added two minor amendments on second reading, but the bill still includes language on assessing adult literacy.
SB 198 Career and technical education (Long) had a minor amendment added and passed 97-0. As this bill and HB 1008 move forward, the Institute will keep watch on the Work Force Ready grant to make sure it comes out intact and helps meet one of Governor Holcomb's policy agenda items to develop a 21st Century skilled and ready workforce. 
SB 242 Indiana housing first program (Merritt) passed 99-0
SB 283 Pyramid promotional schemes (Messmer) passed the House 94-0, free from payday amendments!

Next Week:

The House will meet at 1:30pm on Monday 4/10
Concurrences Eligible for Action
HB 1281 Various higher education matters (Sullivan)
HB 1439 FSSA matters (Kirchhofer)
HB 1539 Financial institutions and consumer credit (Burton)

The Senate will meet at 1:30pm on Monday 4/10
Their schedule is not yet posted.  

The schedules above are current as of April 7, 2017. It is always important to verify the scheduling of bills and sessions on the General Assembly website as these can and do change.
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