National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Nearly 56,000 bridges nationwide, which vehicles cross 185 million times a day, are structurally deficient, a bridge construction group announced Wednesday. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) list of 55,710 deficient bridges includes high-profile spans such as Throgs Neck in New York, Yankee Doodle in Connecticut and Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. Continue reading.
From self-driving vehicles to Internet-connected Crock-pots, Fishers, Ind., hopes to be the next hub for the Internet of Things (IoT), as shown by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness' joint announcement of the Indiana Internet of Things Lab-Fishers. Continue reading.
As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance. Continue reading.
In a moment he described as “historic,” Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed a sweeping piece of legislation that mandates insurance coverage for up to six months of substance abuse treatment, imposes the nation’s strongest limit on initial opioid drug prescriptions and requires education for patients and doctors about the risks associated with the drugs. Continue reading.
New York State has finalized regulations that will require banks and insurers to meet minimum cyber-security standards. The standards include reporting breaches to regulators - part of a concentrated drive to beat back increased cyber crime and keep damage to consumers at a minimum. Continue reading.