Gene Yaw

The one idea state lawmakers heard to help homeowners facing rising flood insurance rates may have been a dud.

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.

Fran McJunkin said the state was in the perfect position to provide low-cost loans to people trying to flood-proof their homes.

“I think it’s really important that people are responsible for the mitigation themselves,” McJunkin said. “And this is not a giveaway program. This would be helping people find a path.”

The implications of a federal law on flood insurance rates will be the topic of an upcoming hearing in Harrisburg.

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.

Republican state Sen. Gene Yaw of Lycoming County said it’s likely many Pennsylvanians living near a river have already seen the higher rates.  

Senate Panel Approves Bills to Expand Natural Gas Services

May 2, 2013

A pair of bills moving through the state legislature aim to give consumers more access to Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas reserves.

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) is the primary sponsor of Senate Bills 738 and 739. 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.

“Pennsylvania has one of the largest gas deposits in the world and the citizens can’t take advantage of it.”