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Assemblymember Waldron – Advancing Important Legislation

By   /  June 5, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – This year, the “House of Origin Deadline” was June 2nd, the final day for bills to pass the house in which they were first introduced. Any bills that failed to pass by the deadline have died. Legislation that made it through included AB 1741, which I introduced to help solve the shortage […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -It’s Always Wildfire Season

By   /  June 1, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron-May was Wildfire Preparedness Month, with the danger of wildfires increasing as we head into summer. Last winter’s record rainfall generated a massive amount of fuel throughout California, and San Diego County is no exception. Drive down almost any road in the backcountry and you’ll see overgrown and increasingly dry vegetation everyplace you […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -San Diego County Is Wine Country

By   /  May 22, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -Last week was Wine Week in San Diego County, a celebration of the contributions our local vintners make to our economy and lifestyle. As a member of the Assembly Select Committee on Wine, I do all I can to support this vital part of San Diego’s agricultural industry, sustaining San Diego County’s […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Combatting Deadly Fentanyl

By   /  May 15, 2023  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -On Tuesday, May 9th, we recognized National Fentanyl Awareness Day.  Each month, fentanyl claims the lives of 500 Californians and nationally, fentanyl overdose deaths more than tripled over the past few years.  I serve on the state’s first Select Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid Addiction, and Overdose Prevention. I intend to bring attention to […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Help for Small Businesses

By   /  May 8, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing well over 90% of California’s workers. As a small business owner, my experience coping with overbearing bureaucracy and unnecessary regulations were some of the main reasons I first ran for public office. Obviously, California should do more to encourage small business formation and […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Rural Healthcare Access

By   /  May 1, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -Millions of Californians live in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), many located in rural parts of the state, like in my district. Improving access to healthcare for those living in underserved areas has been a major focus for me in Sacramento. The California Health Foundation notes that rural residents including tribal lands, […]

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Assemblywoman Waldron – Scholarships for Women

By   /  April 24, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -One of my passions in public service is encouraging young women to fulfill their life’s potential by taking full advantage of available educational opportunities. As a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am happy to spread the word about the Minerva Scholarship program. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship was […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – California’s Business Climate – Better, or Worse?

By   /  April 18, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -California has long been recognized for its unfriendly business climate. During the pandemic, a bad situation got worse when the state forced thousands of mostly small businesses to shut down, driving many companies into bankruptcy and forcing layoffs for thousands of workers. The last thing we need now are more laws imposing […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Fentanyl Crisis Hits Tribal Communities

By   /  April 6, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA -Assemblymember Marie Waldron -On March 28 th , the Native American Caucus held a hearing in Sacramento to discuss fentanyl’s impact on tribal communities and to raise awareness along with identifying solutions to the crisis.  As a member of the Caucus, I was extremely honored to take part in this eye-opening discussion. Participants […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Protecting Animals, Enhancing Public Safety

By   /  April 4, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – Ensuring the well-being of our pets and wildlife is one of my big priorities in Sacramento. I am a trained Project Wildlife Native Songbird Rehabilitator, and my experience raising orphaned and injured songbirds and returning them to the wild has guided me in legislation I introduce and support. I’m happy to report […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Down Syndrome Awareness

By   /  March 23, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — There are over 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States. About 5,100 babies are born with Down syndrome each year, about one in every 772 births, making it the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. In 1866, an English doctor named John Langdon Down published a scholarly work describing […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – California Agriculture

By   /  March 21, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – California is the country’s leading agricultural state, followed by Iowa, Nebraska, Texas and Kansas. This year, March 21st was declared AG Day in the State Capitol to help recognize the vital contributions of agriculture to the state’s economy. According to the Department of Agriculture, California has 69,000 farms. Those farms lead the […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – The Little Engine That Couldn’t

By   /  March 13, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -California’s high-speed rail project keeps chugging along, despite cost overruns, construction delays, and forgotten promises. In 2008, voters passed Prop.1A, a $9.5 billion bond measure to help finance high-speed rail. Promises included keeping costs under $40 billion, the state’s maximum investment would be 30%, funding from federal, private and local sources would […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Legislative Follies

By   /  March 6, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -Gas prices are rising again and some are predicting $7 gas by this summer. We can’t let that happen. The Governor has called a Special Joint Legislative Session to deal with the problem, but the proposals on the table would make matters worse. According to the California Energy Commission, costs at the […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Immediate Action Is Required

By   /  February 27, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -Gas prices are rising again and Californians need relief. Completely eliminating our highest-in-the-nation gas tax would be an important step, but that’s a non-starter as far as the Sacramento majority is concerned. But, with the Governor’s approval, other steps can be taken immediately. Last week my colleagues and I wrote a letter […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Missing Indigenous People

By   /  February 20, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron- San Diego County has more tribal governments than any other county in the nation. Since these communities are all located within the 75th Assembly District, tribal issues are very important to me, especially regarding their safety and prosperity. With approximately 110 federally recognized tribes, California is home to more Native American and […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Natural Gas, Oil, & The California Public Utilities Commission

By   /  February 13, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – For years California has had the nation’s highest energy costs. Recent price increases for natural gas have added to the misery, and have led to renewed interest in the California Public Utilities Commission, which has held hearings on the price increases under its authority to regulate and oversee utilities. The CPUC was […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Safety is Government’s Responsibility

By   /  February 6, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – Public safety should be government’s top priority. That’s why I’m supporting a new legislative initiative in Sacramento that will enhance public safety by restoring felony penalties for many crimes now plaguing California. Obviously, serious crimes demand serious consequences. One day last week, Border Patrol agents seized fentanyl, cocaine and heroin valued […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Health Care Access

By   /  February 2, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Last week, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced California has received approval from the federal government to become the first state in the nation to allow specific physical and behavioral health care services for people incarcerated in state prisons to access California’s Medi-Cal system 90 days prior to their […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Water, Water, Everywhere

By   /  January 30, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron -In 2014 voters approved a $7.5 billion water bond, which included $2.7 billion for construction of new dams and reservoirs. Unfortunately, few projects are underway, or even being planned.  Our largest dams and reservoirs were built before 1979, most between 1945 and 1968, when our population was less than half its current […]

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