Rep. O’Dea: HB 5417 Improves Juvenile Justice Laws But We Must Do More

Posted on April 30, 2022


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HARTFORD—In a Republican-driven effort state Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) on Thursday supported compromise legislation aimed at curbing Connecticut’s juvenile crime crisis, laying a foundation for more work on improving public safety in communities where residents say they’ve felt threatened by a shocking escalation in the seriousness of crimes committed by young people.

“It is encouraging to see that the legislature decided to take action to curb the increases in juvenile crime affecting cities and towns

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Rep. O’Dea Supports Enhancing Data Privacy

Posted on April 30, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125) celebrated final passage of a data privacy bill which would enhance Connecticut residents’ online privacy.

The legislation, SB 6 “An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring,” establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data and establishes responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors. It also grants consumers the right to access, correct, delete and obtain a copy of personal

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Rep. O’Dea Co-Sponsors Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

Posted on April 28, 2022


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Bill Would Implement Pilot Peer Navigator Program

HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125) co-sponsored and voted in favor of HB 5430 – An Act Concerning Opioids. This bill would update existing laws affecting opioid abuse, prevention, and treatment.

Among the changes in the bill are allowing for mobile treatment programs, adding more non-opioid treatments to the list of options practitioners must provide their patients, and amends the definition of “drug paraphernalia” to allow individuals

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House Passes Suspension of State Gas Tax

Posted on March 25, 2022


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HARTFORD — Soaring inflation, utility price increases, and rising gas prices have added another financial burden to Connecticut residents and taxpayers that they cannot afford. We heard your concerns, and turned to provide immediate relief for you and your families.

On March 10, House and Senate Republicans proposed a suspension of the state gas tax, and called on Governor Lamont and legislative Democrats to join us.

This week, the General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed into law HB 5501

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International Women’s Day 2022

Posted on March 8, 2022


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March 8th is #InternationalWomensDay and today, we celebrate former Governor Ella T. Grasso.
Grasso, from Windsor Locks, was the first female to be elected governor of her state in American history. She was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1952, and was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1974.
Her dedication to public service to the State of Connecticut is a source of inspiration for us all.

Rep. O’Dea Testifies to Committee on Children in Support of SB 208

Posted on March 2, 2022


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HARTFORD – On Tuesday, State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125) testified to the Committee on Children in support of legislation protecting children from potential dangers of joining social media platforms when they are ill-prepared to discern such dangers. This bill has gained bipartisan support and the endorsement of children’s and parental rights organizations.

 

This legislation, SB 208, An Act Concerning Social Media and Parental Consent, would amend the federal Children’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA),

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Rep. O’Dea: New Canaan Needs “Thoughtful and Proper” Affordable Housing Methods

Posted on February 22, 2022


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New Canaan needs more affordable housing. As legislators, we should pursue more thoughtful and proper methods to do so than 8-30g.
This bill punishes municipalities like New Canaan, a town which has prioritized the access to affordable housing, but cannot keep up with the demands from Hartford outlined in 8-30g. With the help of other state and local lawmakers, we will continue to fight for local control of zoning.
Last week, I joined State Senator Ryan Fazio and local New Canaan legislators

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Legislative Session Opening Day 2022

Posted on February 9, 2022


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Today is Opening Day of the 2022 Legislative Session. I am proud to represent the good people of New Canaan and Wilton and serve as your voice in the State Capitol. It was great to be back in Hartford today, and my colleagues and I are looking forward to returning tomorrow to vote on the governor’s Executive Orders.

House Republicans Unveil Plan to Address Public Safety

Posted on February 3, 2022


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Public safety and crime prevention is going to be a top concern of the legislature in the upcoming legislative session. Crime spikes across the state in recent years have left many Connecticut residents looking for solutions from lawmakers that prioritize the safety of their community.

House Republicans held a news conference on Wednesday morning to outline their legislative proposals addressing Connecticut’s crime crisis. Lawmakers were also joined by victims and advocates to explain how the crisis

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SURVEY: Should the legislature vote to extend the statewide school mask mandate?

Posted on February 1, 2022


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Please consider taking my short online survey, regarding the statewide mask mandate in schools, using the link below:

https://app.involved.mobi/question/1334

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