Lawmakers to Gather Testimony on PA’s Drug Epidemic in Westmoreland County
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 this fall for a special session on the opioid crisis.

The eight-stop tour will kick off in Western Pennsylvania, with hearings scheduled in Venago County, Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County. The third of these hearings, hosted by Rep. Eric Nelson (R- Hempfield Township), will be held at Westmoreland County Community College.

WHO: Members of the House and Senate policy committees.

Testifiers will include:  Hon. Megan Bilik DeFazio, Court of Common Pleas; Hon. C.A. Feliciani, Court of Common Pleas; David Zilli, principal, Greensburg Salem Senior High School; Kathleen Charlton, principal, Hempfield Area School District; and Tom Plaitano, founder, MedTech Healthcare Group.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: Westmoreland County Community College, Science Hall Theater, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood.

WATCH LIVE: Barring technical difficulties, the hearing will be live-streamed at and

Media contact: Morgan Wagner,

House Policy Committees

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