In The News

This year I was very pleased to recognize REINS Therapeutic Riding of Fallbrook as my Nonprofit of the Year. Led by Executive Director Deborah Shinner and Program Director Shauna Jopes, over the last 35 years REINS has become the largest therapeutic riding program in San Diego County and is ranked among the top 3% of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International programs.
After disturbing reports of death, sexual assault, drug abuse and paying for patients inside California’s loosely regulated addiction treatment industry, an across-the-aisle team of lawmakers has banded together to fundamentally change the rules of the game. The new Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group seeks to significantly expand state oversight, improve patient protections and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on programs that work.
Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-San Diego) also argues that AB5 thwarts the independence of the New Economy.  "In light of the disastrous Dynamex ruling, it shouldn’t take lobbyist-inspired carve-outs for Californians to be their own bosses," she said in an email. "The overwhelming majority of independent contractors prefer the flexibility and control their working situations provide. From Uber drivers to dog walkers, salon workers and barbers, independent contracting is a valuable tool for Californians trying to cope with the state’s sky-high cost of living. Employers who mis-classify…
California lawmakers are considering a proposal to make it easier for Native American tribes to make their arguments in child custody cases.
Elected to the California State Assembly in 2012,Marie Waldron serves as Assembly Republican Leader, the highest ranking AssemblyRepublican. She is known as a strong advocate for patient access to health care,opioid/substance use and mental health treatment. She is a member of the MentalHealth caucus, the Prevention Support Team of Mental Health Systems-North InlandCommunity Prevention Program, and has served on the Assembly Health Committee,the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery & Universal Coverage, and the SelectCommittee on Infectious Disease in High Risk Communities.  
Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron announced this week that she has received the National Federation of Independent Business “Guardian of Small Business” award for consistently supporting entrepreneurship and championing small businesses in the Legislature.  “As a small-business owner myself, I know how hard it is to be an entrepreneur in California,” said Waldron. “Fighting as a voice for small businesses who struggle with burdensome regulations, taxes and fees, yet still employ thousands of our residents and supply goods and services is a battle worth fighting. It’s an honor to stand…
A swath of Interstate 15 that runs through Escondido was dedicated Saturday in honor of Cory Iverson, a North County Cal Fire firefighter who died battling the Thomas Fire in 2017. “Corey Iverson is a hometown hero,” said California Assemblymember Marie Waldron, who started the effort to get the freeway naming approved by the Legislature. Dozens of Cal Fire firefighters, Caltrans officials and family and friends gathered for the unveiling of the large green signs that will designate the stretch between Rancho Via Parkway and state Route 78 as the “Cal Fire Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial…
Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) celebrated Juanita Hayes as the 75th Assembly District Woman of the Year. Hayes is an accomplished career woman with over 25 years in the corporate world and in education. She has taken the skills she learned in her busy career to enrich the lives of others in through involvement in her community and non-profits.
In his first State of the State speech, Newsom said what many have long thought: The state’s high-speed rail project, which has ballooned in price from $45 billion to $77 billion, is out of control and needs trimming. “Before we spend billions of additional bond funds and cap-and-trade revenues on this project, we must be assured that the segment you are proposing is both legal and useful,” the authors wrote under the rubric of San Diego-area Assemblywoman Marie Waldron.
Republican Assemblywoman Marie Waldron responded to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State Speech on Feb. 12 in Sacramento, saying she was in agreement with several of the issues Newsom discussed. Waldron, minority party leader,  represents California State Assembly 75th District, which includes San Marcos and Escondido.  Waldron also noted that Assembly Republicans will keep a close eye on Newsom as the promises in his speech materialize into substantive legislative and regulatory proposals.