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Agency Rulemaking Highlights
FLSA Overtime Exemption
The Department of Labor is proposing updates to the exemptions from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. Specifically, the revisions include increasing the standard salary level to $1,059 per week ($55,068 annually) and increasing the highly compensated employee total annual compensation threshold to $143,988. The proposal also adds an automatic updating mechanism that would allow for all of the earnings thresholds to be adjusted efficiently going forward. Comments due November 7.
Seat Belt Reminder Systems
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to amend its motor vehicle safety standards for occupant crash protection to require a seat belt use warning system for rear seats in passenger cars, trucks, and most buses and passenger vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less. The proposal would also enhance the existing front seat belt warning requirements by increasing the duration of the warning. Comments due November 6.
Management and Protection of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing a new rule revising the management framework for surface resources throughout the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The proposal would assure that maximum protection of significant resource values is the management priority for special areas of the reserve. Comments due November 7.
Regulatory Requirements for New HAP Additions
EPA is proposing to amend the provisions for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants to address the addition of a new compound—1-bromopropane—to the Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) list. Comments due November 13.
Definition of Dealer of Firearms
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is proposing to broaden its definition of a dealer in firearms to clarify what it means for a person to be “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms, and to incorporate the intent to “predominantly earn a profit” from the sale of firearms. Comments due December 7.
Energy & Environment
- Biden Approved a Big Oil Project. Now, He’s Cracking Down on Drilling, New York Times
- As EPA Drowns in CCS Applications, Oil States Want to Take Control, E&E News
- Biden Withdraws Energy Nominee Amid Manchin Opposition Over Stove Rule, The Hill
- Groups Sue EPA in an Effort to Strengthen Oversight of Livestock Operations, Associated Press
- Endangered Species and Climate Change, NPR
- For a Pittance, Miners Can Work Public Land. There’s a Push to Make Them Pay, New York Times
- California Gets Ahead of SEC in Forcing Firms’ Carbon Disclosure, Bloomberg
- California Assembly Passes Landmark Emissions Disclosure Bill, The Hill
- California Lawmakers Approve the Nation’s Most Sweeping Emissions Disclosure Rules for Big Business, Associated Press
- California Needs Nuclear in Clean-Energy Race, Regulator Says, Bloomberg
- South Dakota Panel Denies Application for CO2 Pipeline, Associated Press
- An AI Leader Urges Regulation and a Rethink, New York Times
- 8 More Companies Pledge to Make AI Safe, White House Says, New York Times
- 2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for AI Laws, New York Times
- Senate Tees Up AI Hearings, The Hill
- Poll: Americans Believe AI Will Hurt Elections, Axios
- AI is Part of a 'New Era' at IRS, Commissioner Says, Government Executive
- Governments Race to Regulate AI Tools, Reuters
- Civil Rights Group Starts Center to Monitor AI for Hate Speech, Axios