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Office Hour this Thursday at 6 p.m. – New Canaan Library

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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Dear friends,

The 2019 Session convened on January 9 and will adjourn on June 5. During this time, the General Assembly will consider several important bills, including the biennial state budget.

Your feedback is very important to my efforts in Hartford, which is why I have scheduled an office hour for this Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m. at New Canaan Library.

Office Hour – New Canaan Library

151 Main Street, New Canaan

Thursday, January 17, from 6-7 p.m.

If you are able to attend, please come prepared with questions, comments or ideas relating to state government.

If you cannot attend, I am always available to speak with you by phone, communicate via email or to meet in person at a time that is convenient for you.

Please contact my office to arrange a time at (800) 842-1423 or at Tom.ODea@housegop.ct.gov.

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Tom O’Dea

State Representative – 125th District

Proudly representing New Canaan & Wilton

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


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“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities – football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories – jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, Rep. O’Dea is available at (800) 842-1423 or tom.odea@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. O’Dea may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at tom.odea@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.