New regs for Wednesday: Campaign rules

Separately, the Federal Election Commission is adjusting the monetary penalties it charges to account for inflation. 

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The agency, which regulates campaigns and electioneering, is modifying how much people who make a campaign contribution in someone else’s name will be penalized, as well as the fines for not filing some reports or filing them late.

Under the rule, the new penalty for improperly masking the source of a contribution will be $65,000, up from $60,000.

Cigarettes:
The Food and Drug Administration wants to gather information ahead of potential regulations on menthol in cigarettes.

The agency is releasing a preliminary study of the substances that show that there “is likely a public health impact of menthol in cigarettes.”

Mortgage:
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is publishing a modification of its rules for mortgages, which were first announced earlier this month.

The new regulation edits a January rule to adjust implementation dates, change the way a borrower’s debt-to-income ratio can be calculated and clarify which small lenders are exempt from some rules, among other measures. 

Drugs:
The Department of Health and Human Services wants to change a federal program that assists people injured or killed by vaccines.

The department would make it easier for people harmed by the vaccine for rotavirus, the most common cause of diarrhea among children, to get help from the program. So far, 17 petitions have been filed with the department alleging that the rotavirus vaccine led to an injury. 

The Food and Drug Administration is adjusting its rules on animal drugs to reflect changes to the drugs’ ownership. 

Housing:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is modifying its program that gives grants to states and local governments to provide for affordable housing. The change is intended to tackle “many of the operational challenges” facing the governments, including effects of the housing market. 

Superfund:
The Environmental Protection Agency is deleting a Superfund waste cleanup site in Petaluma, Calif., from its national list. The agency is taking the action because, it said in its rule, “all appropriate response actions” have been taken.

Pesticides:
The EPA is settling limits for residues of the weed-killer imazosulfuron on melons and other vegetables, as well as for the pesticide mancozeb on walnuts and tangerines. 

Air quality:
The public will have more time to comment on an EPA proposal on requirements for states to implement standards on ozone.

“The EPA is extending the comment period because of a request we received in a timely manner,” the agency said. 

Finance:
The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting rules that disqualify “felons and other ‘bad actors’” from securities deals, as called for by the Dodd-Frank financial law. 

The agency is also adopting a rule amendment that allows hedge funds to advertise, and proposing rules that will let it “evaluate the development of market practices” and address potential concerns that may arise with the lack of advertising restrictions. 

Energy:
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is changing its reporting rules for oil pipeline companies. The adjustment will ask for additional information to make sure that pipeline owners do not overcharge shippers using their facilities. 

The agency is also proposing to approve a revised reliability standard for maintenance and testing of power systems. 

Appeals:
The Surface Transportation Board is changing the way companies can file complaints about charges from railroad companies. 

Mail:
The Postal Service is updating its regulations to reflect a new mailing address at one of its offices.