Bills introduced in Texas would expand the requirements for property sellers and lessors to disclose flood risks, going beyond the current requirement that complies with the law on flood insurance for federally backed mortgages. "Rather than hiding the risks, landowners should work with lawmakers to reduce them," Chris Tomlinson writes.
Key New Jersey state lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy have arrived an agreement in principle on how recreational marijuana might be regulated and taxed if legalized. The issue had recently been at an impasse over the matter of taxation.
Michigan state lawmakers have introduced bills addressing distracted-driving risk, a priority that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently highlighted. The measures would prohibit handheld phone use for calling and texting and increase fines for texting or social media posting while behind the wheel.
The likelihood that the US will go into a recession in the next 12 months rose to 25% this month, compared with 20% in January, according to a Reuters poll of economists. Most of the respondents said they expect the Federal Reserve to leave interest rates unchanged at its March meeting.
Educause's annual teaching and learning survey found that overall top concerns among higher-education leaders include faculty development and online and blended learning. Providing more faculty training was a top priority at colleges focused on granting associate and master's degrees, while "digital and information literacy" was a top-ranked issue among bachelor's degree-focused institutions, the data show.
The New York Child Victims Act, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, provides an extended statute of limitations for claims of childhood sexual abuse. At least one lawsuit seeking class status was filed within hours of the measure becoming law.
California's insurance regulator and treasurer are joining a state legislator in recommending that the state pursue private insurance to address wildfire risk. APCIA plans to help the state find innovative approaches to fighting wildfires, as "insurers understand the need for new products and strategies to finance the mitigation and recovery from these unprecedented wildfires," APCIA's Armand Feliciano said.
A Utah family is telling the story of the crash that killed 17-year-old Bryson Hathaway one year ago in an effort to raise awareness of distracted driving. "It's the person behind the wheel that has to remain focused, be vigilant and understand what's going on around them," said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Danny Allen, Hathaway's uncle.