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  • New laws

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    A number of new laws passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor have gone into effect this year. New laws that went into effect July 1: • Drug testing kits must now be made available in bars to prevent date-rapes and drink spiking • Second Amendment impacts include an 11% tax on all firearms and ammunition sold in California; credit card payment networks will be required to provide a unique identifying code for merchants that sell firearms and ammunition • L...

  • Beagle Freedom Project

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Recently, at a ceremony in the Capitol, I was honored to recognize Shannon Keith, President and Founder of the Beagle Freedom Project, along with volunteer Melina Shirley, to recognize their tireless efforts to save the lives of countless dogs, cats and other animals in laboratories. This extraordinary organization is the world’s leading advocate for rescuing and rehoming animals used in experimental research. Because of their gentle dispositions and submissive natures, n...

  • Budget trailer bills

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The main state budget bill passed prior to the June 15 constitutional deadline, and the Governor had until June 30 to sign it into law (and use his line item veto pen). But many trailer bills that fund specific state programs were still being voted on last week. Trailers that passed last week included a bill that will establish a permanent foster care provider rate structure based on the needs of the child. Rates will follow the child, not the placement location. Legislation...

  • Payόmkawish Highway

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    For over 10,000 years, the Luiseño people have lived in the San Luis Rey Valley. Historically, their villages extended along the coastline, and inland along the San Luis Rey River. The largest recorded village was known as Topomai, located in what is now U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Other historic villages to the east included Páume (Pauma) and Palé (Pala). The current route of Highway 76 was the main path the Luiseños used during their seasonal migrations back and f...

  • California's new budget

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Last week, the Legislature passed the Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 -2025. The Governor will have until June 30 to sign the budget, which goes into effect July 1. Over the coming weeks/months, a series of trailer bills to fund specific programs must be passed, and since the Governor has line-item veto powers, additional programs may still be cut. The state’s constitution mandates a balanced budget. This budget eliminates the $45 billion deficit for FY 2024-2025, along w...

  • June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    As with so many issues involving medical research and healthcare, San Diego County is ground zero in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, it is estimated that 84,000 persons are living with Alzheimer’s disease in San Diego County, a number that is expected to increase to 117,000 by 2030. Another 250,000 San Diegans are caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s, which is the county’s third leading cause of death. California now has over 720,000 residen...

  • Bipartisan legislation advances

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    This year, the “House of Origin Deadline” was May 24, the final day for bills to pass the house in which they were first introduced – either the Assembly or the Senate. Any bills that failed to pass by the 24th have died. Bipartisan bills that benefit all Californians often receive little press attention. This year, these include my bill, AB 1819 (Waldron), authorizing the establishment of Infrastructure Financing Districts in high fire severity zones to finance heavy equip...

  • Higher gas prices are coming

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Special to Village News|Updated May 30, 2024

    California’s gas taxes are the highest in the nation, and they are set to go even higher. Most of you probably know that we have yearly, built in gas tax increases, and they are scheduled to go up by another two cents per gallon Monday, July 1. But many may not know that the California Air Resources Board plans to increase gas prices by up to 47 cents a gallon next year, and up to 52 cents in 2026. A hearing on the scheduled increases was scheduled for March, but was p...

  • California's budget

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron|Updated May 23, 2024

    Last week, the Governor released his “May Revise,” which is based on revenues received since January when the preliminary $291.5 billion budget proposal ($208.7 General Fund) was released. The Revise now estimates a $27 billion budget deficit, even though a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office forecasts a much higher deficit of $55 billion. The new budget proposal is aimed at creating a balanced budget over two years. Expanding some programs will be paused tempo...

  • Helping young women achieve

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 18, 2024

    Encouraging young women to fulfill their life’s potential by taking full advantage of available educational opportunities is one of my passions. As a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am happy to spread the word about the Minerva Scholarship program, established by the Women in California Leadership Foundation to educate, support and empower young women and girls. The foundation is committed to providing select young women of good character and demonstrated accomplis...

  • Important healthcare legislation moving

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 9, 2024

    As many of you know, I have served on the Assembly Health Committee for most of my term in the State Legislature, and I am now the committee’s Vice Chair. The committee’s jurisdiction includes healthcare, behavioral and mental health, medical insurance, Medi-Cal and other public healthcare programs, and long-term care licensing. The lives of millions of Californians are impacted by legislation that comes before this committee. For example, several important health-related bil...

  • Update: No more SVPs for rural San Diego County

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 2, 2024

    As you know, the placement of Sexually Violent Predators in rural areas of California, including San Diego County, has been an ongoing problem. SVPs have been placed in Jacumba Hot Springs, Campo, Boulevard, Borrego Springs and other locations, often near homes, parks and schools. Currently, the Department of State Hospitals oversees placement and contracts with Liberty Healthcare, which then seeks court approval. Courts sometimes intervene to deny inappropriate placements,...

  • Rebuilding California cities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In 2011, the legislature worked in an effort to abolish California’s Redevelopment Districts. Although some RDAs were poorly managed, their abolition deprived cities of an important tool that had often been successfully used to stimulate business, create new housing and revitalize blighted areas, especially for older cities Last Week, the Assembly Local Government Committee, on which I serve as Vice Chair, passed Assembly bill 2945 (AB 2945) introduced by Assemblyman David A...

  • Kids and social media

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Millions of children and young adults throughout the nation are active social media users. Last week two bills dealing with social media’s impact on child and adolescent mental health passed the Assembly Health Committee. Worldwide, there are 34 social media platforms, with at least 100 million users. According to a U.S. Surgeon General’s report last year, 95% of teens aged 13 to 17 use social media, and more than one in three report they use it “almost constantly.” Most so...

  • Tribal health

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Last week, Assembly Bill 1965 (AB 1965), introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D – Baldwin Park), passed the Assembly Health Committee, where I serve as Vice Chair. Once implemented, AB 1965 will take aim at the public healthcare crisis impacting tribal communities throughout California. Health disparities impacting American Indian and Alaska Native communities include opioid overdose death rates, which are higher among the AIAN population than any other group. Diabetes p...

  • Term limits

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    There are 99 legislative chambers throughout the 50 states. Of these, 16 states have enacted term limits, including California. Other term limited states include Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Kansas and Nevada. Proposition 28, which was approved by 61% of California’s voters in 2012, established our current term limit system. California legislators may serve a total of 12 years – Senate terms are four years and Assembly terms are two. I’m now serving my sixth...

  • Celebrating California agriculture

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    California is the country’s leading agricultural state. In recognition of the importance of agriculture to our economy, ceremonies recognizing Ag Day were held at the State Capitol March 19. California has over 83,000 farms and ranches, 4% of the nation’s total. But we produce over one third of the country’s vegetables and almost three-quarters of the country’s fruits and nuts. San Diego County plays a big part. From cattle grazing on East County hillsides, to avocado and cit...

  • California's recreational boating

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Summer is fast approaching, for many a time to take out the boat and head for the ocean, the nearest lake, or over to the river. But there’s more to boating than just recreation. The industry supports thousands of jobs, and has a major impact on our state’s overall economy. California is one of the top 10 boating states in the nation. Recreational boating has a $13 billion annual economic impact on California’s economy, supports over 41,000 jobs and over 2,800 busin...

  • Women in leadership

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    March is Women’s History Month, and it serves as an important reminder of the progress we’ve made in the past 100 years. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified granting women the right to vote nationally. California had granted women the right to vote in 1911, but it wasn’t until 1918 that the first four women were elected to the Legislature. Women’s Suffrage was not a partisan issue. When the 19th Amendment passed Congress, over 80% of Republicans and 50% of Democra...

  • Healthcare priorities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    I am a strong advocate for expanded access to healthcare, including mental health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatments. These issues frequently come before the Assembly Health Committee, where I serve as Vice Chair. This session, I introduced Assembly Bill 1944, which seeks to create a safe pathway for patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases seeking investigational treatments designed just for them, despite the usual costly and extremely time-consuming FDA approval p...

  • No more SVPs for rural San Diego County

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The placement of Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs) in rural areas of California, including San Diego County, is an ongoing problem. Since the 75th Assembly District covers most of rural northern and eastern San Diego County, I am very pleased to join Senator Brian Jones (R – San Diego) as co-author of Senate Bill 1074. In San Diego County, SVPs have been placed in Jacumba Hot Springs, Campo, Boulevard, Borrego Springs and other locations, often in residential neighborhoods o...

  • Missing and murdered people

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    San Diego County’s tribal communities are all located within the 75th Assembly District – we have more sovereign tribal governments than any county in the nation. Their safety, security and prosperity are very important to me, and for our region. That’s why the second annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) summit, which took place in Sacramento Feb. 12 and 13, was so important. The event was sponsored by the Yurok Tribe and the Wilton Rancheria from North...

  • Humane help for homeless

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Surveys indicate that 70% of Californians see homelessness as a big problem. That’s understandable since almost one half of all unsheltered homeless persons live in California, though we have only about 12% of the nation’s total population. Over the past three years, our homeless population increased by over 22,000 persons, to almost 174,000. In San Diego County, the homeless population increased by 10% in the last year alone. California spent $20 billion on the problem in...

  • Wear red for women's heart health

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    February is American Heart Month, and this year Feb. 2 was National Wear Red for Women Day, which encourages people to wear red to help raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases. This year the Legislative Women’s Caucus has again supported a Senate Concurrent Resolution to recognize women’s heart health in the month of February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that cardiovascular diseases are the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women...

  • Mental health priorities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    In 1967, many state hospitals serving persons with mental illnesses were closed, but local programs to address their needs were inadequate. In 1991, oversight of mental healthcare was placed under county control, but by 2004 it was evident that this realignment hadn’t improved the situation. In 2004, voters approved Proposition 63, the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA focuses on developing programs aimed at prevention and early intervention, housing, supp...

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