The Education Department
Smoking Ban; Final Rules
The Health and Human Services Department published regulations in the Dec. 30 Federal Register for a 1994 law that bars smoking in schools and other federally funded facilities that serve children. Schools must adopt a no-smoking policy or risk fines of $1,000 per violation. The rules took effect Dec. 26.
The Education Department published final regulations in the Dec. 22 Federal Register for income-contingent student-loan repayment. The agency lowered the original limit on the amount of interest that can be paid over the life of a loan and also lowered the minimum required payment. The rules took effect Dec. 22.
The House Government Reform Committee and the Senate Governmental Affairs committees opened hearings Jan. 5 on legislation to prevent Congress from imposing mandates on state and local governments unless it provides money to implement them.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings Jan. 5 on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require a balanced federal budget. The House is expected to vote Jan. 19 on such an amendment.