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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.