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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle to Host House Task Force on Drugs and Law Enforcement Hearing in Kittanning
3/12/2007

Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/ Indiana) will be chairing a hearing on Drugs and Law Enforcement at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Kittanning Country Club located at 215 Belltop Drive, Kittanning. The hearing is open to the public and members of the press.

Pyle, who heads up the Task Force on Drugs and Law Enforcement, is committed to listening to law enforcement, court officials and prevention/treatment specialists on their opinions on how to deal with the drug problems plaguing the Commonwealth. Through a series of hearings, the task force is investigating ways to enact legislation or further tighten current laws to get drugs out of neighborhoods and off the streets.  
 
“Drug abuse is a growing problem in Pennsylvania and we need to do everything possible to get it under control,” Pyle said. “With the proper techniques and the right laws, Pennsylvania can stand in the forefront in the war on drugs. The hearings allow House members to hear the undiluted input from the people who are ‘in the trenches’ fighting this war.” 
 
The task force last held a hearing on Feb. 20 in Williamsport and heard testimony from top criminal experts, prosecutors and law enforcement officials that painted a bleak picture for Pennsylvania. Testimony focused on how drug trafficking and drug use are putting a strain on law enforcement agencies and the court system.
 
Thursday’s hearing will include testimony from area judges including Judge Joseph Nickleach from Armstrong County, Judge Gregory Olson from Indiana County and district magistrates Sam Goldstrohm and Guy Haberl. Area law enforcement officials from the State Police, the local police departments, the Armstrong County Drug Task Force and various treatment professionals will give testimony. Both Armstrong and Indiana County’s district attorneys will provide testimony on how their offices are dealing with criminals. Prevention and treatment specialists Kay Owen of ARC Manor and Norma Norris of Butler will also appear.
 
“We cannot turn our backs on this problem,” Pyle said. “We need to tackle this head on or things will only get worse.”
 
Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(800) 287-0614
Contact: Tim Eller
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 260-6242
Member site: JeffPyle.net
Caucus site: PAHouseGOP.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2007