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PUBLIC LAW 106-553—APPENDIX A 114 STAT. 2762A-35 August 5, 1997, or the date of appointment, whichever is later. "(B) In the case of employees of the Office of Parole, October 11, 1998, or the date of appointment, whichever is later. "(C) In the case of employees of the Pretrial Services Agency, January 3, 1999, or the date of appointment, whichever is later. "(3) RATE OF CONTRIBUTIONS.—The Trustee shall make contributions under the provisions referred to in paragraph (1) at the same rates applicable to agencies of the Federal Government. "(4) REGULATIONS. —The Office of Personnel Management shall issue such regulations as are necessary to carry out this subsection.". (b) The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of title XI of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. SEC. 146. It is the sense of the Congress that the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority should quickly complete the sale of the Franklin School property, a property which has been vacant for over 20 years. SEC. 147. Nothing in this Act may be construed to prevent the Council or Mayor of the District of Columbia from addressing the issue of the provision of contraceptive coverage by health insurance plans, but it is the intent of Congress that any legislation enacted on such issue should include a "conscience clause" which provides exceptions for religious beliefs and moral convictions. SEC. 148. (a) Chapter 23 of title 11, District of Columbia, is hereby repealed. (b) The table of chapters for title 11, District of Columbia, is amended by striking the item relating to chapter 23. (c) The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date on which legislation enacted by the Council of the District of Columbia to establish the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the executive branch of the government of the District of Columbia takes effect. PROMPT PAYMENT OF APPOINTED COUNSEL SEC. 149. (a) ASSESSMENT OF INTEREST FOR DELAYED PAY- MENTS.— If the Superior Court of the District of Columbia or the District of Columbia Court of Appeals does not make a payment described in subsection (b) prior to the expiration of the 45-day period which begins on the date the Court receives a completed voucher for a claim for the payment, interest shall be assessed against the amount of the payment which would otherwise be made to take into account the period which begins on the day after the expiration of such 45-day period and which ends on the day the Court makes the payment. (b) PAYMENTS DESCRIBED.— ^A payment described in this subsection is— (1) a payment authorized under section 11-2604 and section 11-2605, D.C. Code (relating to representation provided under the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act); (2) a payment for counsel appointed in proceedings in the Family Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia under chapter 23 of title 16, D.C. Code; or