Pa. Senators vote to scale back flood law

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:


The Senate voted 72-22 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 to scale back certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Voting yes were U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville.

The Senate voted 97-0 to approve the Victims Protection Act, which enhances the sexual assault prevention and response program activities of the Armed Forces. Casey and Toomey voted yes.

The House voted 410-0 to approve the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, which doesn’t count volunteer firefighters or EMS toward the number of full-time employees regarding the Affordable Care Act. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.


The House voted 194-0 to pass an amendment providing for the protection of victims of sexual violence or intimidation, for duties of law enforcement agencies, for procedure and for penalties; and, in juvenile matters, further providing for definitions. Voting yes were state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro; Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven; and Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport.

The Senate voted 25-23 to pass an amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, further providing for injuries outside the commonwealth; in the uninsured employers guaranty fund, further providing for definitions, for fund, for claims, for claim petition, for administration and for assessments and transfers; and providing for uninsured employer obligations and for administrative penalties and stop-work orders. Voting yes were state Sens. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway.


Lycoming County commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a five-year local investment partnership with River Valley Transit. Voting yes were commissioners Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare.

The prison board voted 8-0 to reauthorize the intermediate punishment program, which also will be used by the upcoming day-reporting center. Voting yes were county Commissioners Jeff Wheeland, Ernie Larson and Tony Mussare, Warden Kevin DeParlos, Sheriff Mark Lusk and county Controller Krista Rogers’ representative, county President Judge Nancy Butts and District Attorney Eric Linhardt’s representative.


The city planning commission voted 5-0 to approve a recommended relocation by Family Promise into the rectory next to Mater Dolorosa Church on Hepburn Street. Voting in favor were Harry Sechler, Carolyn Bullock, Chris Keiser, Sam Washington and William Rischar. Theresa Williams and Thomas Hunsberger were absent.

The city recreation commission voted 4-0 to approve a recommended budget and design for Memorial Pool to be rebuilt this year and open in 2015. Voting in favor were Rodney Morgans, Carmella Preziosi, Kim Whittington and Ralph Keller.

The Bowman Field Commission voted 3-0 to pass a motion to recommend to the mayor and City Council to move forward on the right field common picnic area in 2015. Voting in favor were Chairman Lou Hunsinger Jr., Wayne Fausnaught and Jason Fink. Frank Lupacchino was absent.

Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 5-0 to deny all bids to prospective contractors for the township’s storm inlets in favor of using township resources to repair and replace them, and voted 5-0 to approve amendments to the township’s oil and gas ordinance. Voting yes were Virginia Eaton, Marc Sortman, Rick Wheeland, Paul Nyman and John Bower Jr.

Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority voted 5-0 to award Bronder Technical Services, of Prospect, a contract of $67,128 to install new electric and communication lines east of the airport on Streibeigh Lane. Voting yes were Christopher Logue, Atwood Welker, Rebecca Burke, Frank Pellegrino and Ryan Tira. William Martin and T. Michael Hughes were absent.

School District

East Lycoming School Board voted 8-0 to hire James Dennis as varsity boys head soccer coach for the 2014-15 season, at a salary of $4,362. Voting yes were Richard Bradley, Richard Michael, Donna Gavitt, Diane Santo, Karen Berger, Randy Eddinger, Kellie Shaner-Gordner and Amy Rogers.

Montoursville Area School Board approved the 2014-15 school calendar, which includes seven snow days. Voting in favor were Scott Konkle, Jill Kaplan, Thomas McNamara, George Hagemeyer, Dale Ulmer, Jeff Schans, Jennifer Marriott, William Ruffing and James Bergen.

Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 9-0 to approve a memorandum of understanding for a school resource officer. Voting members included Robert Pryor, Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Denise Smith, Harry Miller, Heather Williamson, Loren Koch, David Hines and Kelly Wasson.