POMEROY —U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, visited Pomeroy and Gallipolis on Thursday to meet with the county commissioners, village officials and community leaders for a round-table discussion about legislation in Washington.
An emphasis of the discussions was on Federal Emergency Management Agency and legislation that delays implementation of new regulations for large increases in the cost of flood insurance, and the work that remains for a more permanent solution.
The legislation recently passed, which now requires direct servicing agents to use the Oct. 1, 2013 subsidized rate scale for determining insurance rates on properties, is for a limited time. However, additional legislation is being introduced to make it more permanent Johnson said.
In Pomeroy, the meeting was followed by a tour of the downtown area with stops in two businesses, Weaving Stitches and Front Paige Outfitters. There, Johnson conferred with the owners on the impact increases in flood insurance would have on their business.
In Gallipolis earlier in the day, Johnson met with residents at Bob Evans Restaurant.