New regs for Wednesday: Baby carriers, wage garnishment, smokeless tobacco

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for infant carriers, wage garnishment, smokeless tobacco, music licensing, and baseball.

Here's what is happening:

Baby carriers: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering new safety requirements for sling carriers that parents use to carry their young children as they walk, the agency announced Tuesday.

The CPSC is looking to address safety concerns with sling carriers. The agency has received reports of 16 deaths from using these devices over the last decade, mostly caused when an infant slips out or suffocates.

The CPSC already regulates hand-held infant carriers, soft infant carriers, and has issued a proposed rule for frame backpack carriers.

The public has 75 days to comment on the proposed rules.

Wage garnishment: The Environmental Protection Agency is back at it with a rule that would allow the EPA to garnish the wages of people who owe the agency money for unpaid fines.

The EPA published a final wage garnishment rule on July 2, then withdrew it last week, before reintroducing it as a proposed rule on Tuesday. The agency says this will give the public an opportunity to comment on the rule.

The public has until Sept. 2 to comment.

Tobacco: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to investigate smokeless tobacco products, as it considers whether to issue new rules protecting consumers.

The FDA on Tuesday proposed collecting information and studies on the effects of smokeless tobacco products.

"FDA would send letters to tobacco product manufacturers and importers who FDA has identified as having an obligation to respond," the agency wrote.

Music: The U.S. Copyright Office may consider new protections for musicians.

The Copyright Office announced Tuesday it is reviewing the effectiveness of current music licensing standards and whether it should update the rules to better account for changes in the industry, such as the advent of new and emerging digital distribution platforms.

The public has until Aug. 22 to comment.

Disability training: The Education Department is moving forward with a plan to fund rehabilitation programs that train professionals to work with people who have disabilities.

These professionals would be trained to work with people who are mentally or psychologically ill, blind, and deaf.

Batter up! The Treasury Department will be selling the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set to baseball fans, the agency announced in the Federal Register.