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This week Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron announced her bill, AB 1398, to require transparency from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) when spending taxpayer funds. The bill will require SANDAG to hold a series of public meetings and earn the approval of two-thirds of voters before making substantial changes to its spending plan.
As part of Behavioral Health Action’s in-depth interview series called Behavioral Health Champions, we had the opportunity to sit down with Assemblymember Marie Waldron to talk about the behavioral health crisis in California.
This week, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron led the State Assembly in adjourning in memory of Cal Fire Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov of Escondido.  Katkov passed away July 29 after experiencing a medical emergency while on a training hike near the De Luz Fire Station to prepare for the upcoming fire season. Katkov was a graduate of Scripps Ranch High School and San Diego State University and had previously been assigned to Fire Station 79 on Palomar Mountain. 
My son was experiencing a serious problem with an agency of the state government. He complied with all their requirements, filing the application, supplying the passport photo, etc. Their instructions are that it could take up to 90 days for the transfer of his massage license from Michigan to California. He waited and waited. Seven months. Telephone calls to them did no good at all. In the meantime, he could not work in his chosen profession, massage therapy. I had sent a letter asking for intervention to the governor of California on April 26. My friend Araxy Moosa told me to call our…
Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, has been recognized as a 2019 Woman of Distinction by Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido.
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.