Flood insurance laws, Legislative bills, and United States legislators
The article focuses on the U.S. House of the Representatives' action of extending the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until March 31, 2010. It notes that Representative Doris Matsui introduced Bill H.R. 3139 directed at making it easier for states and local communities to improve their flood protection systems. Representative Barney Frank, chairperson of the House Financial Services Committee, stated that the program covers properties worth about 1 trillion dollars in flood-prone areas.
Urban planners, Public finance, Legislative bills, Transportation planning, Road construction, and Traffic congestion
The article reports on the introduction of the Complete Streets legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2008. The legislation requires a transportation planners to consider the needs of multiple users in transit areas including pedestrians, cyclists, children and disabled. It states that the effective implementation of the policy will improve healthier lifestyles and ease the environmental woes associated with traffic congestion. Under the bills introduced by California Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Senator Tom Harkin, the funding of new road construction and improvement projects to existing roads will be provided.