Gene Yaw en Senator: Loan Bank For Flood Zone Homes Faces Long Odds <p>The one idea state lawmakers heard to help homeowners facing rising flood insurance rates may have been a dud.<br /><br />A Lycoming County floodplain manager told lawmakers in January: If you want a long-term way to help flood zone property owners, set up a loan bank.<br /><br />Fran McJunkin said the state was in the perfect position to provide low-cost loans to people trying to flood-proof their homes.<br /> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 27891 at Hearing to Wade Into How a Federal Law Has Affected Flood Insurance Rates <p>The implications of a federal law on flood insurance rates will be the topic of an upcoming hearing in Harrisburg.<br /><br />A 2012 law designed to make property owners pay for the risk of living in high flood hazard areas has resulted in swift increases to flood insurance premiums.<br /><br />Republican state Sen. Gene Yaw of Lycoming County said it’s likely many Pennsylvanians living near a river have already seen the higher rates. &nbsp;<br /> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:38:57 +0000 Mary Wilson 23112 at Senate Panel Approves Bills to Expand Natural Gas Services <p>A pair of bills moving through the state legislature aim to give consumers more access to Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas reserves.</p><p>Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) is the primary sponsor of Senate Bills 738 and 739.&nbsp;Although he lives in the midst of the Marcellus Shale drilling, he doesn’t have the option of natural gas service at his own home.</p><p>“Pennsylvania has one of the largest gas deposits in the world and the citizens can’t take advantage of it.”</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 19:12:02 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 8902 at