Wheeland to Host Hearing on PA’s Drug Epidemic in Williamsport
WHAT: Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature are joining forces to attempt to tackle the state’s opioid crisis.

Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Chair of the House Minority Policy Committee Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), members of the House of Representatives and state Senate are traveling the Commonwealth to gather testimony about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities. At the conclusion of the tour, the joint committee will make legislative and policy recommendations for the Legislature to consider when it reconvenes for a special session on the opioid crisis.

The eight-stop tour will conclude this week with hearings in Williamsport, Scranton and York. The sixth hearing in the tour, hosted by Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming), will be held on Tuesday in Williamsport.

WHO: Members of the House and Senate policy committees.

Testifiers to include: Congressman Tom Marino; Tony Mussare, Lycoming County commissioner; Charles Kiessling, Lycoming County coroner; Tom Dann, former police officer; Cheryl Andrews, Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators; Chris Byers, Pinnacle Treatment Centers; and Jim Laughman, AmeriHealth Caritas.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mary Welch Honors Hall, Lycoming College, 334 Basin St, Williamsport.

WATCH LIVE: Barring technical difficulties, the hearing will be live-streamed at pagoppolicy.com.

Media contact: Morgan Wagner, 717.260.6281, mwagner@pahousegop.com
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