Posted on June 6, 2023
HARTFORD – On Tuesday, State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) voted to adopt the FY 2024-2025 Connecticut state budget, headlined by a historic cut to the state income tax for middle- and low-income earners and families.
The fully balanced bipartisan budget features more than $150 million for local education, investments in public safety, strict adherence to fiscal guardrails established in the 2017 budget agreement, and establishes a phase-out on pension and annuity taxes. Each of these key initiatives were…
Posted on June 5, 2023
During a House session spanning into the early morning hours, lawmakers debated an omnibus housing bill, S.B. 998, which featured some aspects of “Fair Share” and other state mandates that attempt to undermine local control of zoning.
Due to pushback from the public and many Fairfield County legislators, the bill that eventually passed was stripped of many of its enforcement mechanisms and instead empowers the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) to conduct studies on each city…
Posted on June 2, 2023
In post-pandemic Connecticut, traveling our state and local roads has become a more dangerous proposition.
Whether that is due to the ill-conceived police accountability bill that has handcuffed law enforcement and thinned police ranks, or as a result of a new commercial marijuana market — or a combination thereof — there is no disputing that our roadways are less safe now than they were previously. Throw in poor driving habits adopted during the pandemic, and we have a recipe for disaster.
Posted on May 15, 2023
HARTFORD – On Tuesday, State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) proposed an amendment to HB 6642 An Act Concerning a Title IX Compliance Toolkit for School Districts which would equip school districts to manage participation of transgender athletes in Connecticut interscholastic athletics with emphasis on safety for all children.
“The safety of our children is paramount and as a parent and legislator my concern for them compels me to protect them. When our scholar-athletes in Connecticut gear up to compete,…
Posted on May 3, 2023
2024-2025 plan provides more tax relief than Governor and Democrats, invests in key areas including education and nonprofit social safety net providers
HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday released a balanced budget proposal that provides more than $1 billion in broad-based tax relief to Connecticut residents while also making historic investments in education and providing more funding for nonprofit providers.
“Residents and taxpayers have expressed growing concerns of affordability in Connecticut…
Posted on April 27, 2023
DARIEN — On Wednesday, State Representatives Tom O’Dea (R-125) and Tracy Marra (R-141) held a successful Legislative Update event at Town Hall in Darien. Dozens of residents filled the auditorium for a wide-ranging discussion on state issues including education, finance, housing and zoning, and transportation. Inquiring attendees asked questions of the two representatives on topics such as Connecticut’s Paid Family Leave Assistance program, concerns over local infrastructure in education and public…
Posted on April 26, 2023
On Tuesday, I joined Lt. Gov Susan Bysiewicz, Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons, the bipartisan Stamford legislative delegation, and local Stamford education leaders to celebrate a series of state grants aimed at improving air quality in schools through HVAC upgrades.
Recently, we have learned how important in-person learning is for our children, teachers, and families. These investments will improve not only the quality of air circulating hallways and classrooms, but the education our children receive.…
Posted on April 24, 2023
Posted on April 19, 2023
The Tree Bill Will Require Replanting of Removed Trees Along Merritt Parkway
HARTFORD, CT – On Tuesday, Deputy House Minority Leader Tom O’Dea (R-125) voted to pass a substitute for HB 6744, dubbed the Tree Bill, through the Environment Committee. The bill passed the committee by a vote tally of 23-9 and is now referred to the Appropriations Committee for further action.
The bill would require the Department of Transportation to seek approval from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection…
Posted on April 18, 2023
HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125) and State Rep. Tracy Marra (R-141) are hosting residents from their districts for a legislative forum that will include local interest groups at the Darien Town Hall Community Room on Wednesday, April 26th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Residents of the 141st and 125th districts looking for information about the 2023 legislative session, or with questions about state government, are encouraged to attend the forum on the 26th. Darien Town Hall is located at…