Inadequate flood zone mapping, disclosure policies pose difficulty | Mayor: Chicago to change workers' comp management | New Fla. law will allow autonomous cars without human drivers
June 14, 2019
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Inadequate flood zone mapping, disclosure policies pose difficulty
Lack of disclosure requirements about homes' flooding history and federal flood mapping deficits make it difficult for homebuyers to make well-informed decisions. The nonprofit First Street is collaborating with several universities to integrate FEMA flood claim data with images from satellites and other information to compile a database about homes' flooding history and future risk.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Mayor: Chicago to change workers' comp management
Mayor: Chicago to change workers' comp management
Lightfoot (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images)
The city of Chicago tentatively plans to turn management of its workers' compensation program over to the public sector claims firm Gallagher Bassett, says Mayor Lori Lightfoot. An audit by Grant Thornton found "significant control deficiencies and weaknesses that would create an environment where (fraud, waste and abuse) could be present."
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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New Fla. law will allow autonomous cars without human drivers
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Thursday that expands conditions for autonomous vehicles to allow them to operate without humans present and also provides exemptions that allow operators inside those vehicles to text and engage in other activities considered distracting. Insurance requirements defined by the bill include personal injury protection equivalent to current state standards and a minimum of $1 million in liability coverage for fully autonomous vehicles.
The Associated Press (6/13),  The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (6/13) 
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Pacific Power outlines proactive wildfire-prevention plan
Pacific Power says it will consider power shutoffs in Oregon to help prevent the start of wildfires during dangerous weather. The utility also says it plans to clear more vegetation and build weather-monitoring stations.
Oregon Public Broadcasting (6/13) 
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Catastrophic Risk
Wildfires more catastrophic than ever, experts say
Speakers providing testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said the approaching wildfire season is likely to be more severe and destructive than last year's. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said factors such as landscapes that have not been adequately cleared and insect infestations that made trees vulnerable are contributing to the problem.
CNN (6/13) 
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Policy and Law
N.Y. bill to give undocumented immigrants driver's licenses progresses
The New York State Assembly passed a bill that proposes allowing undocumented immigrants in the state to be issued driver's licenses. Supporters of the bill say it has the potential to improve road safety.
Newsweek (6/14) 
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[We] thought that once we'd climbed the mountain, it was unlikely anyone would ever make another attempt.
Sir Edmund Hillary,
mountaineer who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first climber to reach Mount Everest's summit
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