Public Hearings – Tomorrow, March 15

Posted on March 15, 2019 by admin


Tomorrow, the Finance, Revenue & Bonding and Planning & Development Committees will hold public hearings about bills that would have major consequences for Connecticut taxpayers, businesses, students, parents and our local communities as a whole.

Finance, Revenue & Bonding – Tomorrow, 10:30 a.m., Room 2E

S.B. 877: An Act Concerning Revenue Items to Implement the Governor’s Budget

This bill deals with the implementation of the Governor’s budget plan, namely the taxes that will be used to fund it.

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Toll Bills Public Hearing – Tomorrow, March 6

Posted on March 5, 2019 by admin


The Transportation Committee has scheduled a public hearing on two bills concerning tolls:

  • H.B. 7202, An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Connecticut’s Transportation Infrastructure. This bill is part of Gov. Lamont’s budget proposals and would place 53 electronic toll gantries on major highways and routes throughout the state.
  • H.B. 7280, An Act Concerning Support for Transportation Infrastructure and the Creation of the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority. This bill was introduced

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Rep. O’Dea, House Republicans Hold News Conference on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on March 1, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD—House Republican legislators at a Friday news conference joined Connecticut residents in opposing legislative proposals aimed at forced school regionalization.

The event at the Legislative Office Building preceded an Education Committee public hearing on bills (S.B.457, S.B. 738, S.B. 874) concerning the topic. Republican lawmakers echoed the concerns of parents, educators, school administrators and local officials who descended on the Capitol for the hearing.

“These bills have hit a nerve,

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Public Hearing on Forced Regionalization Bills – THIS Friday, March 1

Posted on February 25, 2019 by admin


This Friday, March 1, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on all bills concerning forced school regionalization.

As you may be aware, the bills before the Education Committee are calling for towns to consolidate educational services with neighboring communities. The bills supporting this policy change are as follows:

Op-Ed by Rep. Tom O’Dea: Keeping the “Local” in Local Control

Posted on February 6, 2019 by admin


“By a show of hands, who in this room believes they are not taxed enough?” I have to give credit to the one individual who raised their hand, but must respectfully disagree. This was my question to a crowd of more than 80 at a recent event in Wilton where residents voiced their concerns over several bills proposed by legislative Democrats, including one requiring forced school regionalization.

Unfortunately, our state is now accustomed to tax increases and new mandates. As some residents and businesses

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

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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

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“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


“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

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Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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,

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Rep. O’Dea Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Malloy Vetoes

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), Deputy House Republican Leader-at-Large, voted with a majority of his colleagues in the House to override Public Act (P.A.) 18-35An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

“I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who voted in

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Reps. O’Dea, Wilms Tour Silver Hill Hospital

Posted on May 31, 2018 by admin


NEW CANAAN – State Representatives Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) and Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk, New Canaan) toured the Silver Hill Hospital for Mental Health and Addiction in New Canaan on May 29th, 2018.

“The opioid crisis in Connecticut has reached a critical level,” Rep. Wilms said. “Hospitals like Silver Hill will help us combat addiction and reduce the number of fatalities in our state. I would like to thank the hospital for allowing us to visit, and for their dedication to saving and changing

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