CT Sports Wagering Law Effective Today

Posted on September 30, 2021


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Retail (in-person) sports wagering begins at our area casinos today with retail and online sports wagering by the Connecticut Lottery set to begin in the month of October.

The addition of retail and online sports wagering was passed through Public Act 21-23 this May.

Follow the link below to the Department of Consumer Protection’s (DCP) online portal to their gaming division – where you will find information regarding the various types of online gaming now legal, data on the gaming industry, and

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New Recycling App

Posted on July 26, 2021


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The nonprofit RecycleCT is launching a new app (downloadable from the App Store and Google Play) that will allow users to type in an item to find out if it can be placed in the recycling bin or not. Often, entire truckloads of recycling may be rejected because they are mixed with non-recyclables, making it extremely difficult to sort at the facilities. This useful tool will help residents and municipalities determine what will be accepted, hence cutting down on waste. It will also save money towns

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Join Rep. O’Dea for Pizza and Politics on Wednesday, July 28!

Posted on July 26, 2021


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Please join me for a legislative update town hall-style meeting THIS WEDNESDAY, July 28 at the Comstock Community Center at 180 School Road in Wilton from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Pizza will be provided!

We will be discussing the recently concluded 2021 legislative session, as well as the special sessions on marijuana and the extension of Governor Lamont’s emergency powers. See below for more information on some of the major bills/legislation. I hope you can join us!

 

Regular & Special Session Recap

In

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Rep. O’Dea Votes Against Sixth Extension of Governor’s Emergency Powers

Posted on July 15, 2021


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HARTFORD – State Representative and Deputy House Republican Leader Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) vocally opposed the governor’s most recent request to extend his emergency powers – his sixth request since the onset of the pandemic last March. Rep. O’Dea joined all Republicans and nine Democrats in voting no. The resolution, HR 202, passed in the House 73-56. The Senate passed an identical resolution, SR 52, which passed by a vote of 19-15.

“While I am appreciative of the governor’s leadership

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Join Rep. O’Dea for Coffee & Doughnuts: Saturday, July 10 from 9-10 AM

Posted on July 7, 2021


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The 2021 is now behind us and I would like to get your feedback on some of the major bills that passed this year and hopefully answer some of your questions. Please join me for coffee and doughnuts this Saturday, July 10 in the New Canaan Town Hall Meeting Room from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Between the state budget, marijuana legalization, zoning legislation, and many other bills that will affect our towns, there will be much to discuss.

Of course, if you are unable to attend, you may always contact

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Transportation Update: Governor Announces Plan to Invest in CT Rail System

Posted on June 22, 2021


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Governor Lamont has announced a comprehensive plan to invest in Connecticut’s aging rail system. This program, called “Time for CT”, aims to provide more direct service, including reduced travel time and increased train frequency, over the next several years. The plan also includes investment in infrastructure, safety enhancements, and a new rail fleet.

The governor is hopeful that this plan will lead to statewide economic growth and environmental sustainability.

CT’s rail system is one of the busiest

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Rep. O’Dea Cosponsors, Applauds Passage of Republican Bill Aiding Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted on June 3, 2021


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HARTFORD – Deputy House Republican Leader Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) cosponsored and applauded the unanimous passage of HB 6520¸ An Act Concerning the Provision of Temporary State Services to Victims of Domestic Violence.

Too often, victims do not come forward because they fear the financial repercussions from the loss of income upon leaving their spouse/partner. This bill makes that decision a little easier by providing that much-needed financial security and empowering victims of domestic

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Rep. O’Dea Votes No on Bill Expanding State Mandates on Local Zoning Process

Posted on May 21, 2021


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Bills Passes CT House on Near-Party Line Vote

HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), Deputy House Republican Leader, voted with all Republican members and eight Democrats in opposing HB 6107, An Act Concerning the Reorganization of the Zoning Enabling Act and the Promotion of Municipal Compliance. The bill would establish state mandates for the construction of affordable housing and limit the authority of local planning and zoning (P&Z) boards in land use matters. The proposal,

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Rep. O’Dea, House Republican Leaders Statement on Democrats’ Inaction on Juvenile Motor Vehicle Theft Crisis

Posted on May 20, 2021


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HARTORD—House Republican Leaders on Thursday issued the following statement in response to reports of a vehicle stolen in Manchester with a child inside:

“We started this legislative session with a clear message from Connecticut residents frustrated by the increasing threat of motor vehicle-related crimes committed by juveniles. They wanted the General Assembly to tackle this public safety crisis, yet here we are, with roughly three weeks left before the session’s end, and we’re no closer to being

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Another Gas Tax?

Posted on April 30, 2021


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Earlier this year, Governor Lamont committed our state to the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). This initiative, although well-intended, would actually create an additional gas tax to be paid by Connecticut residents and businesses. Not only would TCI increase fuel costs for commuters, but it would also drive up prices for consumer goods. This regressive tax would, in fact, affect our low-income communities, which ironically is the same demographic this bill is intended to help.

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