New regs for Friday: Legal assistance, hunting, national parks

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for the maintenance of mechanical power presses, government-sponsored legal assistance, hunting and national parks.

Here's what is happening:

Maintenance: The Labor Department is loosening the maintenance and repair requirements on employers that operate mechanical power presses. 

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The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Thursday it is removing a rule that required employers to perform weekly inspections and tests on these devices and file reports.

Under the new rules, employers will still be responsible for "necessary maintenance and repair," but there will not be a requirement to do so on a weekly basis. 

The agency says this will save companies thousands of paperwork hours each year. 

"The revisions made in this final rule maintain the safety previously afforded to employees by these provisions, while substantially reducing paperwork burden hours and cost to employers," the agency wrote.

OSHA proposed the changes last November, and is now moving forward with the rule.

Lawyers: The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is expanding the list of people who are not U.S. citizens that can receive government-sponsored legal assistance. 

By law, the LSC cannot provide free legal services to most illegal immigrants, but there are exceptions. For example, victims of sexual assault or trafficking have long been eligible for free legal assistance. 

The agency announced Thursday that it is updating this list of illegal immigrants who are eligible for legal assistance to include people who have been "battered" or the victims of "extreme cruelty." Furthermore, the parents of these victims would also be eligible. 

The LSC, which proposed the rules last August, is moving forward with a final rule.

Trade: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements is making changes to a list of textile products under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. 

Certain cuprammonium rayon filament yarns will be added to the textile list.

The changes go into effect immediately.

Hunting: The Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service is correcting a mistake made in a rule it published last month about hunting and fishing regulation.

The rule made changes to the refuge-specific regulations for migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting, big game hunting and sport fishing for the current season.

Dogs for the blind: The Interior Department's National Park Service (NPS) is making changes to a three-decade-old rule to allow service dogs into certain parks that do not allow animals.

The National Park Service is issuing the rule to differentiate service dogs that help lead blind people from other animals such as pets, domestic animals, feral animals, livestock, and pack animals.

These rules have not been updated since 1983. The changes would affect Olympic National Park and Isle Royale National Park. 

"The NPS is proposing to amend its regulations to ensure that we provide the broadest possible accessibility to individuals with disabilities," the agency wrote. 

The public has 60 days to comment.