Press Releases

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) announced that her bill to fund Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for people in jail or community supervision who struggle with substance use disorder has been signed into law. Assembly Bill 653 will create a grant program to give counties flexible funding to provide addiction treatment to a population where it can do the most good. “We need to break the cycle of addiction and incarceration, and this bill is a step in the right direction,” said Waldron. “MAT is one of the most effective ways of treating…
SACRAMENTO - Tuesday, the Assembly Republican Wildfire Caucus held an open forum to discuss solutions to the Wildfire Crisis. This comes after the Assembly infamously cancelled a hearing on Wildfire Prevention and Forest Resiliency. As a result, Assemblymember Waldron and other members of the Wildfire Caucus hosted their own forum to bring transparency to this crisis. “We are desperate for more accountability and transparency as the Wildfire crisis continues to damage lives, property, and climate goals. It is critical that we prioritize vegetation management and wildfire prevention funding…
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, honored Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce CEO Lila MacDonald as the 2021 Woman of the Year for the 75th Assembly District. “Lila MacDonald lives and breathes the Fallbrook community,” said Waldron. “From Honorary Mayor to CEO of the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Lila MacDonald embodies the spirit of Fallbrook.” For decades, MacDonald has been active in the community. Her service includes local  PTA boards, the Fallbrook Food Pantry, the Youth Baseball League, local committees like County Revitalization, Public Safety and the…
SACRAMENTO: In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget unveiling today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron issue the following statement: "California's problems continue to worsen, despite years of increased government spending and headline-grabbing announcements. This budget doesn't fundamentally solve the many problems facing Californians. The government is being judged by results, not by big announcements, and the results Californians are seeing throughout their communities are persistent unemployment, shuttered businesses, closed schools, homelessness, rising violent crime and…
Today Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron is introducing legislation imposing deadlines on EDD claims to ensure claimants are given decisions on the outcome of their claims in a timely manner.  "Too many people are left without any information or decision about their claims and have waited months in vain," Waldron said. "People need help when they lose their jobs and the government needs to be more responsive. A backlog of this size is unacceptable." This bill sets the clock ticking on EDD responding to citizen's applications for unemployment assistance and makes EDD accountable to the…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron issued the following statement regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom's lack of information sharing and coordination with the Legislature about COVID-19 decisions:  "On Monday, Governor Newsom vaguely alluded to 'drastic action' if the rate of COVID-19 cases continued to rise and Californians did not change their behavior. Lawmakers were given no further information. Yesterday, California reported the highest single day number of new cases. Again lawmakers were given no further information. Today the governor announced a plan for regional…
Sacramento, CA - Today, Governor Newsom signed a historic bi-partisan package of criminal justice reform bills, including AB 1304, authored by Assemblymember Marie Waldron, which provides that eligible parolees who volunteer and receive six months of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) upon release from prison will be eligible for reductions of 30 days off their parole sentences, up to a maximum 90-day reduction. This bill will improve treatment adherence and provide formerly incarcerated individuals the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives. The risk for relapse to opioid use…
Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron issued the following response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised budget proposal:    "The best way to fix this budget crisis is by helping people get back to work safely. If we can get employees back to work safely, receive some help from the federal government and make government more efficient to withstand future downturns, we will be able to protect jobs and public health and put California back on a path to prosperity that works for everyone." 
SACRAMENTO: Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron and other California leaders formally requested $1 trillion in federal aid today to assist states and local governments with looming budget crises as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Waldron, as part of a coalition of western state officials led by Gov. Gavin Newsom, is requesting emergency funding to stave off deep cuts to essential services like hospitals, education, fire and police. “This is when we need the federal government the most,” Waldron said. “Our state is facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment and our economy is in…