Office Locations 

District Office
1038 Second Street Pike, Suite 101
Richboro, PA 18954
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Phone: (215) 364-3414
Fax: (215) 364-8626

Satellite Office

123 W Bridge St
New Hope, PA 18938
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday
Phone: (215) 862-1940 
Fax: (215) 862-1943

Capitol Address Information
105 Ryan Office Buildling
PO Box 202178
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2178
Phone: (717) 787-9033
Fax: (717) 705-1802

Working for You
It is an honor to work for you and the residents of our district and I take great pride in representing you in Harrisburg. I am aware of the challenges that face our state and I am dedicated to facing those challenges so that together, we can make our communities the best that they can be. As a way for you to keep up with the work that is happening on your behalf, check the stories listed below, and as always, feel free to contact my office for more information about these stories or if I may assist you with any state-related matter.

Rep. Petri, who chaired House Gaming Committee, will resign seat
Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief
Harrisburg --
Longtime Republican lawmaker Scott Petri, who vocally opposed recent expansions to Pennsylvania's gambling industry, is resigning at the end of the year.
He had served as chair of the House Gaming Committee.

State Representative Scott Petri stepping down to take the reigns at the Philadelphia Parking Authority
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) announced on Dec. 18 that he will step down as state representative of the 178th Legislative District at the end of this year to become the executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). Petri, now in his eighth term in the Pennsylvania House, was named to the post on Dec. 15.

State lawmakers lobby for Bucks County ban on video gaming terminals
By James Boyle
A delegation of state representatives from Bucks County sent a letter to county commissioners to vote on banning video gaming terminals from truck stops.

Wolf wants convicted officials to forfeit pensions
Courtesy of the Reading Eagle
After a former state lawmaker who spent time in prison won back his $246,000 annual pension, Gov. Tom Wolf urged the General Assembly to pass legislation barring elected officials from keeping their pensions if they have been convicted of crimes.

Capitol Report
By The Legal Intelligencer
State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and Christopher M. Rabb, D-Philadelphia, announced plans to introduce legislation that would make it a third-degree misdemeanor to knowingly possess a firearm in a polling place, and a first-degree misdemeanor to use the firearm at a polling place in a commission of a crime.

Bill would prevent Mellow pension repeat
Convicted former state Senate Democratic Leader Robert J. Mellow has his $246,123 annual pension back for good.

Pa. officials restore six-figure pension for former senator convicted of corruption
HARRISBURG — Years after he went to federal prison for corruption, the longtime Democratic leader of the state Senate will get his $245,000 annual pension back, a state board has narrowly decided.

Former York Suburban superintendent unlikely to lose Pa. pension after criminal charges
Ed Mahon,
School district superintendents can lose their pensions if they steal from taxpayers, sexually abuse children or lie to police. But criminal mischief — which is what former York Suburban Supt. Michele Merkle is accused of — isn't on the list of offenses that disqualify someone for a tax-payer funded pension.

State actions demonstrate societal absurdities
By Gary Pogeler - Courier Times
Your Oct. 26 edition ran a front-page story on the public forum sponsored by the Pennsbury School District’s Addiction and Mental Health Task Force one day earlier. The story included a couple of heart-wrenching accounts of fatal outcomes described by parents of children who died of overdoses from drugs.

Pa. revamps policy for casino payments to host communities as it expands gambling opportunities
By Lindsay Lazarski, WHYY, ·
State Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), chair of the Gaming Oversight Committee, criticized the bill and the legislative process surrounding it as too opaque.

Philly soda, wage taxes draw scrutiny in Harrisburg
ByJason Gottesman - City And State Pennsylvania
Two Philadelphia-specific taxes got the legislative spotlight Tuesday as the Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing on the city’s beverage tax and the House Finance Committee held a hearing examining legislation to alter the city’s wage tax.

Pa. Legislature may be coming to palatable budget compromise
By Steve Esack•Contact Reporter
Truck stop slot machines and mini casinos. Taxes on warehousing and logistics services. And a bond backed by big tobacco’s court settlement cash.

Sen. Tommy Tomlinson bill would return Philadelphia wage tax revenue to suburbs
James Boyle - Staff Writer
State legislators from Bucks County are taking another swing at recouping millions of taxpayer dollars collected by Philadelphia through its city wage tax.

Video gaming terminals wrong for Pennsylvania
The Intelligencer
Right now in Harrisburg, there is a debate going on over how to raise the revenue to pay for next year’s state spending budget, passed June 30. Much of the arguing has come down to three letters: VGT. That stands for video gaming terminals: gambling machines that could be installed in as many as 40,000 locations — stores, restaurants, shopping malls, bars, social clubs and even nursing homes — across Pennsylvania.

Budget deadlock politics are first debate in governor's race
By MARC LEVY - Associated Press
Call it the first act of the governor's race. The slow-motion arc of Pennsylvania's budget negotiations with a backdrop of a huge deficit, potential credit downgrade and two-week-old deadlock has served as a sort of first debate stage for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the would-be contenders hoping to contest Wolf's re-election bid next year.

Bucks lawmaker introduces bill that would ease way for S. Philly casino
by Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
A Bucks County legislator has a proposal to clear the path for a South Philadelphia casino that’s been stalled by appeals to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Most Bucks County educators oppose school gun legislation
By Chris English, staff writer
Reached before a vote on legislation to allow certain school district personnel to carry guns on school property, most local educators and state legislators contacted by this news organization said they were opposed to anyone but law enforcement officials carrying guns inside schools.

Pa. can't afford to roll the dice on another gambling expansion: Scott Petri
PennLive Op-Ed
Imagine walking into a restaurant with your family, expecting to enjoy a nice relaxing dining experience, fueling up your car or truck at the gas station/truck stop or stopping by the local convenience store, but instead being bombarded by flashy casino-style electronic betting terminals.

Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Scott Petri (R-Bucks) offers his views on proposals to expand gaming in Pennsylvania.
Courtesy PLS Reporter
Rep. Petri joined The PLS Reporter to discuss HB 271

Why Pa. public employees can commit crimes and still collect pensions
Brad Bumsted and Paula Knudsen, LancasterOnline
Kevin J. Foley, a Pennsylvania State Police criminal investigator, stabbed a dentist to death.

State Rep. Scott Petri talks state budget at Upper Makefield town hall

A deeper dive into the mechanics of the state budget is sorely needed to find more effective ways to save money, state Rep. Scott Petri said Wednesday night.

Capitolwire: House okays pension forfeiture changes.
By Carley Mossbrook Staff Writer Capitolwire
HARRISBURG (May 9) - For a second-consecutive session, a bill to expand the state’s pension forfeiture law found ample support in the state House of Representatives, which sent the measure, on a 190-1 vote, to the Senate Monday afternoon.

Repeat offenders
Courier Times
Last week we reported on former state Sen. Robert Mellow, who spent 16 months in prison on corruption charges. Once viewed as a possible future governor, Mellow served 40 years in the Senate and had risen to president of the upper body when he pleaded guilty in 2012 to fraud charges. Federal investigators accused Mellow of using Senate staffers, whose salaries are funded by taxpayers, to raise money for and work on political campaigns.

Crisis at hand; no fix in sight
Opinion page of Courier Times
It was good to hear state Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, talk about pension reform the other night during a town hall meeting in Northampton. While acknowledging the serious problem with the pension system and promising that reform is coming may not seem like much given the magnitude of the crisis and how long it's been building Petri's remarks show that at least someone is thinking about how to resolve Pennsylvania's most critical financial issue.

Rep. Scott Petri to host 14th Senior Expo Friday at Spring Mill Manor
By Peg Quann, staff writer - Courier Times
State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, of Upper Makefield, will hold his 14th annual Senior Expo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Spring Mill Manor in Northampton.

State Rep. Scott Petri to host Senior Expo at Spring Mill Manor in Northampton Township
Bucks Local News
State Rep. Scott Petri (R-178) will host his 14th Annual Senior Expo on Friday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland. The expo is open to citizens age 60 and older who live in New Hope Borough, Northampton, Solebury, Upper Makefield and Wrightstown townships.

House Committee Chairmen named for 2017-18 Legislative Session
By Chelsea Friedman,
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) announced Thursday the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairmen for the 2017-18 Legislative Session.

Pennsylvania House committee assignments handed out to reps from Bucks, Montgomery counties
By James Boyle, staff writer, Bucks County Courier Times
A number of committee chairs were assigned Thursday to state representatives serving districts in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The selections were made by Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28, and will become official once announced on the House floor. Many of the assignments are holdovers from the 2015-16 session.

Bucks, Montgomery state reps announce more than $3 million in grants awarded
By Christopher Ullery, staff writer, The Intelligencer
State Representatives in Bucks and eastern Montgomery on Thursday announced environmental grant awards totaling more than 3 million dollars.

Proposed bill would get rid of requirement that PPA board members live in Philly
The Inquirer Daily News
A Pennsylvania House bill would loosen the requirement that members of the Philadelphia Parking Authority board, a group mired in the fallout of a sexual harassment scandal involving the agency's executive director, live within the city.

Public hearing addresses income tax dispute between Philly and its suburbs
Matt Schickling, The Wire
Several state representatives and local officials met at the Bensalem Council Chambers on Wednesday to discuss how suburban municipalities can get out from under Philadelphia’s broad taxing authority.

State Rep. Petri Interns Present Findings On Current, Controversial Issues
Jack Firneno, The Wire
Summertime may be a break from learning for most students, but not state Rep. Scott Petri’s interns.

Petri pushes legislation in PA House
Tom Waring, the Wire
A measure sponsored by state Rep. Scott Petri, which was included in a bill signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, will permit operators of Pennsylvania bed and breakfast inns who do not possess a liquor license to provide a complimentary bottle of Pennsylvania wine to their overnight guests at check-in.

House votes to block pensions for convicted Pa. politicians
From Pittsburgh POst-Gazette
HARRISBURG — State lawmakers took a major step Wednesday to prevent corrupt public employees from hanging on to their pensions after being convicted.

Convicted government officials, employees would forfeit pensions under state House bill
From The Times
A bill that expands the crimes for which convicted government and public employees are required to forfeit their pensions passed the state House nearly unanimously Wednesday.

Pa. House toughens pensions rules for corrupt pols, report: Thursday Morning Coffee
From The Patriot News
The Republican-controlled state House has taken what's being described as a "major" step toward making sure corrupt politicians don't hang onto their taxpayer-funded pensions after conviction.

Pennsylvania House votes to expand pension forfeiture law
From The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a proposal to expand the state law that requires forfeiture of pensions for school and government employees convicted of job-related crimes.

Rep. Petri optimistic about state budget process
From Courier Times
State Rep. Scott Petri spoke Thursday at a town hall meeting about the state budget, saying that he's optimistic about upcoming negotiations.

State Rep. Scott Petri holds town hall in Northampton
From Courier Times
State Rep. Scott Petri held a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss everything from the state budget crisis and Pennsylvania’s pension woes to some ideas he has for stimulating economic growth in the commonwealth.

Lawmaker wants fair balance in budget solution
From The Intelligencer
The state budget for the current fiscal year (2015-16) is 87 percent complete. In December, the governor line-item vetoed the budget submitted to him by the Legislature, reducing funding for basic education by $3.1 billion. The University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Lincoln and Temple universities will not receive funds without a supplemental appropriation.

WirePOLITICS: Petri to host open house events at New Hope and Richboro offices
From The Wire
State Rep. Scott Petri recently relocated his Richboro district office, and opened a new satellite office in New Hope to accommodate constituents new to the 178th Legislative District following redistricting.

Put pipelines in right-of-ways
From Times Shamrock
Constitution Pipeline Co. sought a court order this week for access to a Susquehanna County family’s maple tree farm, demonstrating that much of the controversy over the natural gas business has moved from extraction to transmission.

Lawmaker proposes routing pipelines along turnpike
From Times Shamrock
HARRISBURG — Routing gas transmission pipelines along the Pennsylvania Turnpike would be good for the state’s environment and balance sheet, a House lawmaker told a committee hearing last week.

Republicans, yes Republicans, propose severance tax on gas drillers
From ABC 27
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In a Monday morning meeting of the House Environmental and Energy Committee, a little glimmer of hope for Governor Tom Wolf, one day ahead of his second budget address.

Cash diversion plan for charter schools hit wall in state budget gridlock
From The Philadelphia Tribune
A proposal to use revenue from state–sanctioned gambling to break the budget impasse has met opposition in the Legislature, but has earned the support of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools.

Wolf launches budget appeal to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers
from Centre Daily Times
HARRISBURG, PA. — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his allies have begun reaching out to rank-and-file Republican lawmakers in an effort to build majority support for a budget plan that can break a 3-month-old budget stalemate.

An open discussion: Rep. Petri’s interns present on global, state issues
from The MidWeek Wire Community News and Entertainment
WRIGHTSTOWN---State Rep. Scott Petri’s interns discussed drones, liquor privatization and the Iran nuclear deal among other topics during a public meeting at the Village of Wrightstown Library last Wednesday.

Petri interns to give presentations on various subjects Wednesday night
from Courier Times
WRIGHTSTOWN — Council Rock High School South students Sean Burke, Michelle Taubman and Mike Ufberg will be among five interns of state Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, who will be giving presentations on various state, national and international issues Wednesday night.

House bill targets distressed municipal pension plans
from The Citizens' Voice
HARRISBURG — Troubled municipal pension plans that municipalities don’t reform could be put in state trusteeship under a House bill getting consideration.

WirePOLITICS: Petri to hold town hall meetings
State Rep. Scott Petri will hold two upcoming town hall meetings to share information concerning Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget and House alternatives to the governor’s plan, and to gather public input on how Pennsylvania citizens would like to see their tax money spent.

Scott Petri says governor's spending plan a non-starter
from Courier Times
Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed $33.8 billion state budget for 2015-16 has virtually no chance of passing without some changes, state Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, of Upper Makefield, told about 18 of his constituents during a town hall meeting Thursday night at the Free Library of Northampton Township.

Petri to hold town hall meetings on state budget
from Courier Times
State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, of Upper Makefield, will hold three public town hall-style meetings over the next month to share information on Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed state budget, House alternatives to the governor's plan and to gather public input on how Pennsylvanians want to see their tax money spent.

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Police Privacy
From: NBC 10
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to tighten restrictions on police officers' personal information.

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Crime pays for state pensioners
From: The Intelligencer
For at least 10 years, former Bensalem School District head mechanic and shop foreman Frederick Lange stole from taxpayers by pilfering district-owned tires, batteries and other auto supplies. We know this because Lange pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy. He was among 14 district employees who either were convicted or entered into a special probation program in the 2013 investigation.
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Petri: ‘Pothole Fund’ Could Aid Those Who Suffer Damage
From: NBC 10
Don't expect a penny back if you hit a pothole in Pennsylvania and have to pay for car repairs.
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Pension-distressed Pa. communities suggest upping retirement age, state money
From The
Raising the retirement age for police and firefighters and the state funding for distressed communities were among a slew of suggestions proposed Monday in Pittsburgh as fixes for Pennsylvania's $7.7 billion municipal pension crisis.
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Rep. Petri and Delaware Riverkeeper discuss pipeline
From The Intelligencer
While state Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, called the PennEast pipeline a “done deal,” Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum said the battle to block the $1 billion project can still be won.
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Information on tax rebate program available at Petri’s district office
From The Midweek Wire
The district office of state Rep. Scott Petri has information on the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.
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Pipe dream? Make it reality 
From: The Intelligencer
Ever since OPEC created the first oil shortage and forced Americans to wait in long lines for rationed gas at inflated prices, we’ve been hearing about strategies to become less dependent on foreign oil. Candidates for public office all had a plan.
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Petri suggests Using Pennsylvania Turnpike Right of Way for Pipeline
From: The Intelligencer
State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, said he will soon reintroduce legislation that would authorize the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to use its right of way for natural gas pipelines such as the proposed PennEast Pipeline.

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Bill Aims to Keep More Info Private
From: Courier Times
A month after the murder of two New York City police officers, state lawmakers from Bucks County have lined up behind legislation that would ban governments from " disclosing personal information" about cops, judges, private detectives and their families.
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Is Rep. Ron Waters birthday-bitten?
BIRTHDAYS aren't being kind to Philly state Rep. Ron Waters.

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Legislation Introduced By Representative Petri
From FLEOA Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
FLEOA is proud to announce that on January 16th, 2015, two great steps were taken
to enhance law enforcement officer safety in the state of Pennsylvania.
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Following police deaths, Bucks lawmakers want records made 'confidential'
From Bucks County Courier Times
A month after the murder of two New York City police officers, state lawmakers from Bucks County have lined up behind legislation that would ban governments from “disclosing personal information” about cops, judges, private detectives and their families.
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WirePOLITICS: Scott Petri’s library grant, new crime legislation
From The Midweek Wire
State Rep. Scott Petri announced last week that New Hope Borough will receive a $72,000 Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant for improvements at the Free Library of New Hope and Solebury.
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Jerry Sandusky case: A year later Pennsylvania still lacks Office of Child Advocate
Every year in our commonwealth, we hear of the senseless deaths of young children at the hands of an abuser. More times than not, we are told that these are cases that have “fallen through the cracks.”
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Petri Holds Town Hall in Upper Makefield
From Bucks County Courier Times
Rep. Scott Petri, R-178 Upper Makefield, held his first town hall of the fall Thursday night with several residents of Upper Makefield.

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Petri to Hold Town Hall Meetings on State Budget
From Bucks County Courier Times
State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, Upper Markfield, will hold three town hall meetings in the next few weeks to give residents an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts on the new state budget and other matters before the General Assembly.
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Wine bill gives hope to Pennsylvania B&Bs
From York Dispatch
American Vintage Bed and Breakfast is next to Naylor Wine Cellars, but current state law prevents the Stewartstown B&B from serving its neighbor's wine to guests.

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Local businesses hopes to see state Senate pass bill to allow Bed and Breakfasts to gift wines
From The Sentinel
Midstate businesses are hoping the state Senate will uncork a bill that recently passed the state House of Representatives with almost unanimous approval.

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House OKs bill to allow B&Bs to give guests wine
From SFGate
Pennsylvania bed-and-breakfast operators could give complimentary bottles of wine to their paying guests under a bill that passed the state House of Representatives.

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Bill granting volunteer fire companies liquor license leeway passes state House
From Bucks County Courier Times
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, Upper Makefield, to permit volunteer fire companies to obtain a club liquor license outside of established quotas was approved Monday in the House. Petri's bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

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Committee Approves Petri Bill to Extend Emergency License Plates to Fire Relief Organizations
On Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee advanced legislation to aid local fire departments, acknowledging the important role fire relief associations play in the operations of both paid and volunteer fire companies.

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Pa. House ethics panel might investigate Democrats involved in sting 
From TRIBTotal-Media
Despite decades of inaction, the House Ethics Committee may secretly investigate at least four state House members accused of taking cash payoffs from a confidential informant posing as a lobbyist to influence passage of legislation. 
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Kane's decision to not prosecute corruption case troubling to some
From The Patriot News
Allegations involving payoffs made to state lawmakers are troubling, but for some, so is Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to leave it to others to pursue if they choose.

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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's 2014 agenda includes looking at state university system and charter school law
From The Patriot News
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning to make a pitch for more money for his department and to offer a preview of the areas his department’s 400 auditors will focus on this year.

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State owes schools millions in Medicaid dollars
From The Allentown Morning Call
School districts that rely on Medicaid dollars to help pay for a range of costly but vital health-related services for special education students say the flow of that money has ground practically to a halt.

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Emergency responders get grants
From The Bucks County Courier Times
Nearly three dozen Lower Bucks fire companies and rescue squads will receive grants totaling more than $352,000.

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Petri has new temporary office
From Bucks County Courier Times
State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, announced Wednesday that he is temporarily relocating his legislative district office to the Penns Crossing Office Complex, Suite 8, 2288 Second Street Pike in Wrightstown.

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Petri’s poll: 66 percent want to buy alcohol in Pa. grocery stores
From Bucks County Courier Times
HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett’s push to overhaul Pennsylvania’s liquor laws may have stalled this fall, but a Bucks County Republican is continuing to gauge his constituents’ views on buying booze.

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