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Thank you, Mr. President. I want to just briefly comment on the incident with the officer from SEPTA, and I want to be very -- people not to misinterpret my comments or misunderstand what I'm going to say.

I am glad that he is safe. He exercised -- you know, he fought valiantly and certainly did not use his gun, but what the other side of this is that the gentleman who attacked him has mental illness. He's mentally ill. He's bipolar. I'm not saying that's an excuse for him to attack anyone, but our system does not allow or provide for us to place those people in a safe place. They themselves have to admit themselves in a safe place. The laws were changed many years ago. You couldn't commit individuals that might have mental illness into a confinement.

We have to look at that, because there are many, many people walking the streets today who have mental illness, and we've got to change the system so that they don't hurt themselves nor do they hurt other people.

I have friends with bipolar children. I have a cousin that's bipolar. They may not be to the degree of this gentleman, but we have to deal with the whole issue of mental health and mental illness, and we will be looking at that.

I'm glad the officer was not hurt. I thank those people who came to his aid, and certainly a person like the gentleman who made the attack, they're really very, very strong and hard to deal with at that point when they are in that state. So I want to -- I just want to offer that comment about what's happening with our folks who are suffering from mental illness, and many of them are on the street and are homeless.

The last thing I'd like to say is that I will remind my colleagues we do have a Finance Committee meeting at 1 o'clock today.

Thank you.

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