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Overnight Regulation: FCC unveils nutrition-like labels for Internet service

Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from Capitol Hill and beyond. It’s Monday evening here in Washington and we’re happy to start welcoming lawmakers back to town after their spring recess. Here’s the latest.



The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is encouraging Internet providers to model their disclosures about product pricing and performance after nutritional labels on food products.  

The labels are a way for companies to comply with the agency’s net neutrality rules. They list overage, equipment, early termination and administrative fees, as well as data allowances, and broadband speeds.

{mosads}The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which helped design the labels, called Internet access the gateway to economic opportunity.  

“Signing up for this service represents a significant financial commitment,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said at the FCC’s Broadband Disclosure Event on Monday. “Consumers must be able to understand the terms of the agreement, and if there are options, they need to be able to comparison shop for the best deal.”

CFPB said it took a similar approach for student loan and mortgage disclosures, and is considering a standard disclosure for prepaid cards and accounts. 

The Hill’s Mario Trujillo has the full story on FCC’s announcement here

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court handed down unanimous rulings in two cases Monday. In one, the court affirmed the one-person, one-vote principle, ruling that a state or locality is allowed to draw its legislative districts based on total population. In the other case, the court said registered sex offenders do not have to update their status on a state registry when they move out of the country.

The court also rejected an appeal from Wal-Mart that challenged a multi-million judgment in a class action lawsuit. Workers won the award after Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club were found to have violated Pennsylvania minimum wage laws.



The Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to assess the effects of consumer finance regulations. http://1.usa.gov/1S2V1sQ



The Obama administration will publish 221 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Tuesday’s edition of the Federal Register.

–The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will issue new credit card regulations.

Credit card companies will be required to submit agreements they are currently offering to the CFPB for review. The agreements will also be posted on the agency’s website.

“Credit card issuers should visit the Bureau’s website for instructions on submitting credit card agreements,” the agency writes.

Creditors have until May 2 to comply. http://bit.ly/1qkYoCK

–The Department of the Interior will formally propose new air quality rules for oil and gas companies.

The proposed rules from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) would affect the “air quality measurement, evaluation, and control with respect to oil, gas, and sulphur operations on the outer continental shelf,” the agency writes.

The public has 60 days to comment. http://bit.ly/1SMqYGd

–The Department of Labor (DOL) will delay new protections for federal government workers.

The Labor Department proposed new rules in November 2015 that would impact a compensation program for Energy Department employees who are exposed to radiation, beryllium, or silica on the job.

The Labor Department is now extending the comment period for a second time to give the public more time to consider the change.

The public now has until May 9 to comment. http://bit.ly/1q0V1jJ

–The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will consider new protections for possibly endangered butterflies.

The FWS says the island marble butterfly may warrant such protections, but that it is not as high of a priority as other endangered species and will be placed on a waiting list of “candidate species.”

“We will develop a proposed rule to list the island marble butterfly as our priorities allow,” the agency writes. http://bit.ly/1RUGgZj



CIA withdraws plan to destroy emails. http://bit.ly/1XcZ4Ew

Supreme Court upholds ‘one person, one vote.’ http://bit.ly/25GN4AX

Supreme Court rejects Wal-Mart appeal in employee wage case. http://bit.ly/25GNw25

Supreme Court sides with sex offender in registry dispute. http://bit.ly/1UE5sa6

Sen. Ayotte to meet with Supreme Court nominee. http://bit.ly/1UQQn5a

Dems calls on MLB to ban chewing tobacco. http://bit.ly/1Ma1ovy



17: Number of Republican senators who say they are willing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.



“Efforts to weaken the representation of those living in areas of high-density population, often home to low-income and minority families, undermine our democracy, and I am pleased that the Court recognized that fact without dissent,” House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) said in a statement after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states can use total population to draw voter districts.


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