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Federal Register Highlights – 3/16/16

March 16, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 16, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) to increase assessment levels for imported veal and veal products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies and to update and expand the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) numbers and categories, which identify imported veal and veal products to conform with recent updates in the numbers and categories used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs). Comments must be received by May 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. AMS–LPS–15–0084.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would update the Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Information Language (IP) of the Egg Research and Promotion Rules and Regulations (Regulations). The proposed amendment would model current commodity research and promotion program orders created under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. Comments must be received by May 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. AMS–LPS–15–0042.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016–17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.30 to $0.35 per 55-pound bushel container of Florida avocados handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of avocados operating within the area of production. Assessments upon Florida avocado handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Comments must be received by April 15, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. AMS–SC–15–0083.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, we propose new rules to empower consumers to choose how they wish to access the multichannel video programming to which they subscribe, and promote innovation in the display, selection, and use of this programming and of other video programming available to consumers. We take steps to fulfill our obligation under section 629 of the Communications Act to assure a commercial market for devices that can access multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems. We propose rules intended to allow consumer electronics manufacturers, innovators, and other developers to build devices or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming with a competitive user interface. We also seek comment on outstanding issues related to our CableCARD rules. Submit comments on or before April 15, 2016. Submit reply comments on or before May 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference MB Docket No. 16–42.)

PROPOSED RULE: FMCSA proposes amendments to its Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) regulations that would ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or CDL. This rulemaking would extend the time period for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to 1 year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). This rulemaking also would allow States to accept applications and administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that State. States that choose to accept such applications would be required to transmit the test results electronically to the State of domicile of the military personnel. The State of domicile would be required to issue the CDL or CLP on the basis of those results. Comments on this notice must be received on or before May 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0051.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Board is inviting comment on proposed rules that would establish single-counterparty credit limits for domestic and foreign bank holding companies with $50 billion or more in total consolidated assets. The proposed rules would implement section 165(e) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires the Board to impose limits on the amount of credit exposure that such a domestic or foreign bank holding company can have to an unaffiliated company in order to reduce the risks arising from the company’s failure. The proposed rules, which build on earlier proposed rules by the Board to establish single-counterparty credit limits for large domestic and foreign banking organizations, would increase in stringency based on the systemic importance of the firms to which they apply. Comments should be received by June 3, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. R–1534.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 13, 2016, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., May 31, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 12, 2016, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., June 10, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 17 to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 17 management measures were developed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to: Add cost recovery provisions for the Individual Transferable Quota component of the fishery; modify how biological reference points are incorporated into the fishery management plan; and remove the plan’s optimum yield range. These changes are intended to make the management plan consistent with requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and to improve the management of these fisheries. Comments must be received on or before April 15, 2016. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2015–0057.)

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