Brendan Sharkey
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
1-800-842-1902 | (860) 240-8500
Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov
In the District:
600 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 281-4647

Welcome

Welcome to my legislative web page. Along with representing Hamden in the General Assembly, I am honored to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Our democracy works best when the public is involved, so I encourage you to share your opinion and ask any questions you may have about our state government by emailing or calling my office. I also invite you to sign up for my email updates so I can let you know about the latest happenings at the State Capitol.

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Current News & Issues

Speaker Sharkey
April 14, 2014
PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and under that spotlight the House of Representatives voted unanimously last week for legislation (HB 5029) that will overhaul how college and university officials in Connecticut respond to, and work to prevent, sexual assault and violence on campus. READ MORE
April 3, 2014
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CT'S HISTORIC GUN SAFETY LAW
We proved to the country last year in an historic vote that effective, common sense gun safety laws can be passed in a bipartisan manner. We are already beginning to see the positive impact this legislation is having, including keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Ultimately, to truly reduce gun violence in this country we need Congress to act, and I encourage them to use our legislation as a model. READ MORE
Speaker Sharkey
March 24, 2014
REVERSE PILOT BILL GETS A CLOSE LOOK
My Reverse PILOT proposal (HB 5583) has been receiving a lot of attention lately. See on the next page my testimony at a legislative public hearing, as well as other recent remarks, and a number of news articles discussing Reverse PILOT. My proposal looks to reduce the growing local property tax burden on families and businesses by having currently tax-exempt private colleges and hospitals pay property taxes directly to their host community, and then seek partial reimbursement from the state. READ MORE
March 7, 2014
HAMDEN'S CHILDREN'S CENTER & OPPORTUNITY HOUSE AWARDED STATE GRANTS
The Children's Center is receiving $117,000 for building improvements, while Opportunity House was awarded $79,656 for new vehicles.
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Speaker Sharkey
March 7, 2014
UTILITIES SHOULD SHOW NEED FOR TREE TRIMMING
Due to concerns expressed by residents about over-aggressive tree trimming by utility companies, such as UI and CL&P, I am working on legislation (HB 5408) that would balance protecting the tree canopy and the unique character of our neighborhoods with the need to protect power lines. READ MORE
February 28, 2014
"REVERSE PILOT" WILL HELP TOWNS LOWER PROPERTY TAXES
In order to help towns reduce the local property tax burden on hardworking families, I have proposed a "Reverse PILOT" system where tax-exempt non-profit entities such as private colleges and hospitals, would begin to pay property taxes directly to the town, and then apply for a reimbursement for a portion of those payments from the state. READ MORE
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