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Rep. O’Dea Supports Bill Requiring Holocaust Education in Social Studies Curriculum

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), Deputy House Republican Leader-at-Large, voted in favor of S.B. 452, An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Holocaust and Genocide Education and Awareness in the Social Studies Curriculum.

“The Jewish population has still not recovered since 1939,” Rep. O’Dea said. “In fact, there were more Jewish people in the world in 1939 than there are today. That is disturbing. Genocide is not something unique to World War II. It is still persistent today, and we cannot ignore it. The events of the Holocaust are a lesson in the dark side of humanity, and it is something that we must teach our children before they enter the real world so they understand. We must teach our youth about the mistakes of the past because if we do not, they are doomed to repeat them. As long as I am alive, I will continue to fight against these atrocities.”

This bill would take effect for the upcoming school year beginning in the fall of 2018. Boards of Education are encouraged to utilize both existing material, public and private, as well as outside gifts, grants, donations and in-kind donations. In a recent study, twenty-two percent of millennials and over ten percent of adults said they had not heard of the Holocaust. Rep. O’Dea and his colleagues in the legislature introduced and passed this legislation because they believe educating the public about these events is the most effective way to combat them in the future.

S.B. 452 passed the House unanimously and is now in concurrence with the Senate. The bill now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.

 

Update from Hartford

Posted on May 5, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are in the final stretch of the 2018 Session, and I am happy to report that House Republicans made progress this week in the struggle to provide stability and predictability to the State of Connecticut.

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released our second balanced budget proposal for FY 2019. Our plan does the following:

  • Pays down unfunded liabilities
  • Fully funds teachers’ pension plan and retired teachers’ healthcare fund – something promised to our educators, but not delivered until now
  • Nearly doubles municipal funding to New Canaan and Wilton compared to Governor Malloy’s 2019 proposal
  • Fully restores the Medicare Savings Program
  • Provides assistance to the most vulnerable, including those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Accomplishes the above without introducing new tax increases

 

Republican Revised FY 2019 State Budget Proposal

 

Governor’s Judicial Nominations

My Republican colleagues and I voted against Gov. Malloy’s 31 judicial nominations to the Superior Court. Despite their outstanding qualifications and experience, the state simply cannot afford these appointments right now.

Between salaries, benefits and pension costs, these positions would add millions to our state expenses, and we have yet to see a spending plan from majority Democrats.

Voting against these nominations was the responsible thing to do for our residents.

Toll Bill Blocked for this Session

Finally, I am happy to report that our effort to block a vote on the toll bill was successful as the speaker has determined that he does not have the support to bring it to the floor.

Tolls are just another tax on Connecticut residents, and I do not support their installation while state government continues to spend recklessly.

With that said, I have no doubt that the majority party will attempt to revive the toll debate in the future, but rest assured, we will be prepared to fight it again.

I will keep you updated on any new developments during these final days of session. Until then, please contact me at (800) 842-1423 or tom.odea@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding state government.

 

Regards,

Tom

Tom O’Dea

State Representative – 125th District

Rep. O’Dea Vows to Advocate for Veterans During

Posted on April 25, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) joined his colleagues at the Capitol on April 24th, 2018 to express the need to restore $2 million in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Republican budget proposal, released last week, emphasizes stability and predictability during a climate of declining revenue and excess spending. Regardless of the fiscal state of affairs in Connecticut, Rep. O’Dea and fellow Republicans have vowed to include funding for crucial veteran services in the final budget document.

“It takes a special type of person to enlist in the armed forces and serve our nation in some of the most remote and hostile places on the planet,” Rep. O’Dea said. “Our veterans have earned our respect, gratitude, and admiration for their selfless devotion to this county. As we proceed with the budget negotiations, our veterans will remain a top priority. We must ensure these heroes receive the best care and services available, and I pledge my support to them during these discussions.”