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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction
of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.

Legislative Action


Child CareThe House Education and Labor Committee concluded its hearings on child-care

HR 3, HR 30legislation on April 5; no markup session has been scheduled. Also, a group of

House and Senate Republicans last week put forward an alternative plan that

would, among other provisions, allow a new tax credit for low- and moderate-income

families with children under age 5.


Child HealthRepresentative George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Select Committee

and Developmenton Children, Youth, and Families, has introduced a bill calling for expansion and

HR 1573increased funding of federal programs providing health care, nutrition, and

education for pregnant women and for children under 6.


Children's TelevisionThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce last week approved legislation

HR 1677, S 707restricting the amount of advertising during children's television programming.


Fiscal 1990The Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Appropriationshas completed hearings on the Education Department's budget for fiscal 1990.

Senate hearings have also been held on funding for Head Start, Indian-education

programs, and the National Science Foundation.


Library ServicesThe Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities and the House

Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education held a hearing last week on

reauthorization of the Library Services and Construction Act, which expires Sept.

30. The Education Department presented proposed legislation to target federal

funds on programs helping the disadvantaged and the handicapped.


Science EducationThe Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a hearing April 6 on

the state of science in the United States. Witnesses, who included the science

advisers to three former Presidents, said there was a "crisis" in science education.


Vocational-EducationThe House Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education Subcommittee

Reauthorizationlast week unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize federal vocational-education

HR 7programs. Committee action is set for April 25.

In the Education Department


HandicappedThe department has issued final regulations for a new grant program aiding state

Employmentand community demonstration projects that provide job services to the severely

Final Regulationshandicapped. The rules appeared in the March 24 Federal Register.


Handicapped-The department has issued a final version of its criteria for awarding grants

Education Researchfor research on the education of the handicapped. The regulations, published in

Funding Prioritiesthe April 4 Federal Register, give top priority to projects relating to elementary

mathematics and science curricula and teacher planning.

In Other Agencies


School BreakfastsThe Agriculture Department has published final regulations that would require

Final Regulationsschools to offer larger breakfasts and to allow students to refuse one meal item.

The regulations appeared in the March 30 Federal Register.

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