Press Releases

May

13

2020

May 13, 2020

Two Lycoming County legislators this week sponsored legislation to reopen restaurants, bars and private clubs in “yellow and green” designated counties.   [Read More]

May

12

2020

May 12, 2020

After a state Senate hearing last week highlighted inadequacies in COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities, the Wolf Administration has reversed course and announced today that they will begin widespread testing of residents and employees, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) joined Reps. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) to voice their serious concern and extreme disappointment after learning Susquehanna County was not among the next group of counties that would move into the “yellow phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan on May 15.   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

Local legislators teamed up with county commissioners this week to ask Governor Tom Wolf to reclassify Susquehanna and Wyoming counties under his plan to reopen the state.   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

The Senate approved a bill today that would require the state to notify local first responders of COVID-19 cases in their communities, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

The state Senate today approved two bills enhancing safety at Pennsylvania’s child care facilities, which will boost smoke detector requirements, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Apr

28

2020

April 28, 2020

A bill aimed at modernizing Pennsylvania’s 1956 Fertilizer Act was unanimously approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to prime sponsor, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23). Listen   [Read More]

Apr

28

2020

April 28, 2020

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), along with his Senate colleagues today urged Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to immediately begin an audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in response to its business waiver process initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter sent to the Auditor General, the […]   [Read More]

Apr

23

2020

April 23, 2020

At the request of Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), eighteen members of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus, including party leaders, signed on to a letter this week urging Governor Tom Wolf to rescind an Executive Order instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a compact between several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that impose a carbon tax on electricity production and require fossil fuel generation to purchase allowances.   [Read More]

Apr

21

2020

April 21, 2020

As Pennsylvania continues to cope with the impact of COVID-19, the state Senate today gave final approval to a bill that promotes telemedicine as a way to overcome barriers to quality patient care created by distance and reduce the costs of those services, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Apr

20

2020

April 20, 2020

This letter is written on behalf of the vast majority of the 250,000 residents of the 23rd Senatorial District.    [Read More]

Apr

20

2020

April 20, 2020

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bradford County Commissioner Ed Bustin today,” Sen. Yaw said.   [Read More]

Apr

15

2020

April 15, 2020

With nearly 1.4 million Pennsylvanians filing for unemployment benefits, the state Senate took action today and approved two bills that would provide clarity and common sense to the process of deciding which businesses can safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Apr

15

2020

April 15, 2020

ennsylvania state Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, today talked with members of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT) during a LIVE virtual meeting.    [Read More]

Apr

10

2020

April 10, 2020

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today approved a $450 million emergency loan program to assist financially distressed hospitals as they work to address the COVID-19 outbreak, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Apr

07

2020

April 07, 2020

The Senate approved emergency measures today to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Apr

05

2020

April 05, 2020

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) will host a telephone town hall discussion next week to provide an update on the coronavirus response.    [Read More]

Apr

01

2020

April 01, 2020

Governor Wolf has issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order for all counties in Pennsylvania in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

30

2020

March 30, 2020

The Department of Education announced today that all schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed indefinitely in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

25

2020

March 25, 2020

The state Senate convened remotely today to pass several bills to keep Pennsylvania moving forward during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

22

2020

March 22, 2020

The deadline to file Pennsylvania personal income tax returns with the Department of Revenue for 2019 has been extended by 90 days to July 15, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

21

2020

March 21, 2020

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) is reminding older Pennsylvanians and their caretakers that a number of steps have been taken this week to protect seniors during statewide efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.   [Read More]

Mar

20

2020

March 20, 2020

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) is working to reduce the impact of Governor Tom Wolf’s order on Thursday for all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close.   [Read More]

Mar

20

2020

March 20, 2020

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) is reminding community residents that resources are available to help employees and families who have been affected by the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts.   [Read More]

Mar

19

2020

March 19, 2020

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today took the first step in providing relief to Pennsylvania small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 by authorizing the transfer of $40 million to the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

18

2020

March 18, 2020

The Pennsylvania state Senate took an important step today to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

17

2020

March 17, 2020

Resources and information are available to area businesses and employees who have been affected by Governor Wolf’s order to close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic impacting Pennsylvania, according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Mar

17

2020

March 17, 2020

In order to help contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of local residents and office staff, state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) announced that his Williamsport and Harrisburg offices will be temporarily closed for meetings, effective today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice.   [Read More]

Mar

10

2020

March 10, 2020

Recently in a letter to the editor, I was criticized for withholding support of Senate Bill 76 and House Bill 76, state legislation that proposes to eliminate some real estate property taxes for Pennsylvania property owners.   [Read More]

Mar

04

2020

March 04, 2020

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded nearly $30,000 in grants to seven eligible museums and official county historical societies in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]