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May 19, 2022

Two of Voepel's bills pass out of Assembly Appropriations Committee!

SACRAMENTO: Today the Assembly Committee on Appropriations met to vote on over 600 bills on the suspense file. I'm happy to announce that two of my bills made it out of the committee and are currently headed to the Assembly floor and will be voted on next week!! AB 1684 establishes an Alzheimer's public awareness campaign to educate unpaid caregivers about Alzheimer's disease, the report would also make related legislative findings and declarations. AB 1692 would establish a program to fund an academic study of mental health among women veterans in California. This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit a report summarizing the findings and recommendations of the study to the Legislature no later than July 31, 2024. 

For a little over an hour I watched the Democrat super-majority kill numerous Republican bills, while simultaneously passing horrible far left bills. I look forward to representing East County San Diego next week as the Assembly votes on hundreds of bills to meet constitutional deadlines.  

May 15, 2022

Voepel Honors Fallen Police Officers on National Peace Officer Memorial Day

"Today may we remember and honor the peace officers who never returned home. We are forever in their debt. May God bless them and may they Rest In Peace."

May 12, 2022

Randy Voepel's Response to Gov. Newsom Punishing a Small Business for Violating COVID-19 Rules

"Imagine trying to punish a small business for trying to survive. Is Newsom also going to punish the French Laundry? No? Thought not." 

Voepel Celebrates National Police Week

"Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week. May we never forget the sacrifices our police officers and their families make on a daily basis. God bless"

May 11, 2022

Randy Voepel's Response to San Diego Gas Prices rising for 8 times in 9 days

"It's been over 60 days since Republicans have offered an immediate suspension of the CA Gas Tax, and 44 days since Sacramento Democrats hijacked the Gas Tax Suspension bill and tried to make it a bill to INCREASE taxes. Democrats continue to deny help to Californians, all while missing deadlines to ensure that the gas tax increases again in July. Californians cannot wait until October, they need help NOW. This is completely and utterly unacceptable."

May 5, 2022

Voepel's Personal Income Tax Exemption Bill Passes Major Committee Milestone

"I'm extremely excited to announce that my bill, AB 1729 PASSED out of the Asm. Revenue and Taxation committee this morning!"

May 3, 2022

Randy Voepel Celebrates National Small Business Appreciation Week

"May 1st-7th is National Small Business Appreciation Week! Small business are an essential part of our communities. Be sure to show your support and appreciation for your local small businesses not just this week, but every week."

May 2, 2022

Today I attended the 44th Annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony honoring the 36 California Peace Officers who have died in the line of duty since 2019. While we honored all 36 Peace Officers who died throughout the state, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the 6 Peace Officers who gave their life to protect San Diego and Riverside County. We will never forget them and we are forever in their debt. May God bless them, and may they Rest In Peace. 

Sergeant Steven L. Licon, CHP – Riverside Area, EOW: April 6, 2021
Officer Andre Maurice Moye, Jr., CHP – Riverside Area, EOW: August 12, 2019
Deputy Terrell D. Young, Riverside Co. Sheriff’s Department, EOW: April 2, 2020
Officer Daniel G. Walters, San Diego Police Department, EOW: April 23, 2020
Sergeant Harry M. Cohen, Riverside Co. Sheriff’s Department, EOW: October 18, 2020
Officer Julio Beltran, Riverside Co. Probation Department, EOW: November 14, 2020
May 1, 2022
Randy Voepel Celebrates Military Appreciation Month
"Although May is known as Military Appreciation Month, every month should be Military Appreciation Month. Thank you to all of the men and women who currently and have previously worn the uniform. Your sacrifices are never forgotten."

 

April 30, 2022

Randy Voepel speaks at American Liberties Forum of Ramona

"Thank you to everyone who came out to the American Liberty Forum of Ramona on Saturday!! I had a great time meeting with everyone and talking about how I will happily fight against the Sacramento Swamp to represent the conservative values of the new Assembly District 75."

April 28, 2022

Randy Voepel Celebrates Crime Victims' Rights Week 

"This week is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This is an important week to recognize crime victims and those who dedicate their lives to serving and assisting victims of crime. I proudly support innocent victims over criminals, and that will never change."

April 27, 2022

Randy Voepel named one of eleven CA lawmakers with an A rating from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

 

April 26, 2022

California Democrats have failed Californians once again (shocker right?). Despite Democrat lawmakers having bill language to suspend the upcoming gas tax increase literally handed to them by Governor Newsom, they still failed to do anything. Californians are already struggling with the extremely high inflation rates and high gas prices, California Democrats still refuse to do anything to help. I mean, how much more out of touch could they possibly be?

April 24, 2022

Randy Voepel Acknowledges Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

"On this day 107 years ago, the Ottoman Empire arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. The events of this day are known as “Red Sunday” and marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. Over the course of 2 years, around 1.5 million Armenians were deported, and forced to march through the Syrian Desert towards concentration camps. While forced to march to their death, they were deprived of necessities such as food and water and were subjected to rape, robbery, and massacres. Today, in honor of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, may we honor, remember, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Armenian Genocide."

April 23, 2022

Randy Voepel Attends the Lakeside Western Days Parade

"Thank you to everyone who came out to the Lakeside Western Days Parade! I had such a great time seeing everyone! Only 43 more days until the 2022 Primary Election!"

April 14, 2022

Today I proudly signed onto a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation urging them not to permanently adopt the early release of prisoners. These regulations shouldn't have been adopted in the first place. Californians deserve to feel safe and protected.

April 6, 2022

- Today, SB 841 (Jones) which I proudly coauthor, FAILED to make it out of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. I'm disappointed that members of the committee continue to protect violent criminals over our family neighborhoods. The entire purpose of the committee is to pass laws that protect our communities, children, and families. NOT violent criminals. 

I’m once again disappointed in our state legislature. Yesterday, we once again watched CA Democrats refuse to make human trafficking considered a serious and violent felony under CA law. Democrat members of the Senate Public Safety committee argue that the punishments are harsh enough, but while human traffickers walk out of prison after a few years, without a strike on their record, the victims remain scarred and traumatized for the rest of their lives. As my colleague Senator Grove stated, “It’s not always about reform. It’s about justice. And to be frank, it’s about punishment”. Before members voted on SB 1042, Senator Grove reminded them that by opposing the bill, “you agree that selling a human being is not serious”. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and I’m disappointed that some members continue to side with the criminals who commit this heinous crime instead of the victims.

March 28, 2022

Today in the Assembly Transportation committee, Democrats hijacked AB 1638 (Kiley) that would’ve suspended the CA gas tax and made it into a bill that would create a new tax on energy. This is appalling and disgusting. Californians are hurting and Democrats are only extending the pain. I will be removing myself as a co-author of this bill immediately.

March 24, 2022

Randy Voepel votes in support of suspending the CA Gas Tax

March 22, 2022

Randy Voepel announces his candidacy for Assembly District 75 on Facebook

"I'm excited to announce that I'm running for reelection for the new Assembly District 75. The new Assembly District 75 is comprised of about 60% of the former Assembly District 71, the district I currently represent. I have proudly been serving the people of Assembly District 71 for the past 26 years - as your Assemblyman since 2016, Mayor of Santee for 16 years, and as a member of the Santee City Council for 4 years. Bottom line? I know the district. I know the values, priorities and concerns of my constituents and wish to continue to represent them in the future. God bless America."

March 15, 2022

Randy Voepel discusses with KUSI why the gas tax suspension failed

March 8, 2022

Today during the Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing, a bill that I’m extremely proud to co-author, AB 1665 (Seyarto) didn’t make it out of committee. AB 1665 would’ve made the human trafficking of a minor considered a “serious felony”. By doing so, this bill would’ve eliminated the possibility of a plea bargain and would’ve provided that anyone convicted of a “serious felony” and was previously convicted of a “serious felony” have an additional and consecutive 5 year enhancement for each such prior conviction.

I am extremely disappointed that the ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union) which claims to fight for individual rights and liberties felt the need to oppose this bill. The ACLU opposes making the human trafficking of minors a “serious felony” because they claim that the addition of human trafficking when the subject is a child to the list of serious and violent felonies is redundant, the punishment enhancements wouldn’t benefit public safety, and that the progress to reduce incarceration rates cannot continue if additional enhancements and longer sentences are imposed. In my opinion, these are horrible excuses.
Additionally, I am even more disappointed in the three Assemblymembers for opposing this bill. Human trafficking is modern day slavery. People who kidnap children and put them into human trafficking do not deserve our protection – the victims, our CHILDREN deserve to have our protection and support. I proudly side with the children who are taken from their families and are made victims of human trafficking.

- Randy Voepel discusses suspending the gas tax with NBC San Diego

March 4, 2022

The growing fentanyl epidemic in San Diego County threatens to devastate our communities if left unchecked. This morning I attended a forum along with subject matter experts and representatives from all levels of government to share information, exchange ideas, and coordinate actions to combat the fentanyl crisis in San Diego.

I’m dedicated to helping put an end to this dangerous epidemic within our communities.
March 3, 2022
Voepel awarded Silver Star-Best Elected Official for East County San Diego
It is truly such an honor to be awarded the Silver Star-Best Elected Official for East County San Diego! I’ve always taken great pride in representing East County San Diego up in Sacramento. Thank to everyone who voted for me. I look forward to continuing to represent East County San Diego to the best of my abilities and proudly displaying this award in my office.

 

February 19, 2022

Voepel speaks on the Assembly Floor for Day of Remembrance of Japanese Internment Camps 

80 years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led to the wrongful incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Japanese Americans were stripped of their constitutional rights, lost their livelihood, and were separated from their families because of their race. Even though their own government incarcerated them because of their race and took away their constitutional rights, Japanese Americans still wanted to serve and protect their country. Yesterday, while speaking on H.R. 85 (Muratsuchi) for Day of Remembrance of Japanese Internment Camps, I spoke about the impact and courage of the Japanese Americans who fought two wars – the war against racism in the United States and World War II in both the European and Pacific Theatres. In the European, Japanese Americans fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and went on to become the most decorated combat team of World War II. In the Pacific, roughly 6,000 Japanese Americans served as translators and interpreters with the Military Intelligence Service and often put themselves in extremely dangerous situations in order to gather important information for their country. These Japanese Americans served our country loyally and heroically and we are forever thankful for their service.

February 17, 2022

Voepel celebrates Black History Month by honoring the Harlem Hellfighters

In honor of Black History Month, I would like to honor the Harlem Hellfighters. The Harlem Hellfighters were an African American unit that served in World War I and spent more time in active combat than any other American unit. The Harlem Hellfighters fought in the Champagne-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne 1918, and Alsace 1918 campaigns. Their Commander, Colonel William Hayward once said “my men never retire, they go forward or they die”. Because of their unwillingness to surrender, the Germans gave them the nickname “Hellfighters”. By the end of World War I, around 1,300 Hellfighters had lost their lives in combat. The Harlem Hellfighters fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for their country’s freedom, even when those freedoms weren’t extended to them. Upon returning to the United State from February 9-12th, the Harlem Hellfighters were greeted as heroes, but were denied a place in the 1917 farewell procession, solely because of the color of their skin. Yet, on February 17, 1919, the Harlem Hellfighters paraded up Fifth Avenue and proudly displayed their decorated regimental colors to a crowd of hundreds of thousands and were recognized for the heroes they were.

 

February 14, 2022

I can count on my hands the amount of people I saw wearing a mask at the Super Bowl yesterday, but yet Governor Newsom just extended the student mask mandate? Make it make sense.

 

February 8, 2022

Randy Voepel co-authors California Parents Bill of Rights Act of 2022 by Assemblywoman Davies

Randy Voepel introduces legislation on hospice care standards 

February 4, 2022

"If the state of California can host the NFC Championship game (where its own governor and other elected officials attended & didn’t wear masks at all times) and the Super Bowl, we are no longer in a state of emergency. It’s time to end the state of emergency and strip Governor Newsom of his executive power."

January 31, 2022

Randy Voepel introduces legislation personal income tax exclusion for student loans

January 29, 2022

Randy Voepel Celebrates School Choice Week

"When countless public schools throughout our state continue to struggle to provide quality instruction, we must provide other options."

January 25, 2022

Randy Voepel introduces legislation to address the rise in female veteran suicide

January 24, 2022

Randy Voepel introduces legislation to create an Alzheimer's public awareness campaign

January 22, 2022

Randy Voepel authors legislation to increase veterans' access to telehealth

August 17, 2021

Randy Voepel discusses SVP placement in Ranchita with KUSI

August 7, 2021

Randy Voepel writes letter to Judge David M. Gill opposing SVP placement

August 5, 2021

Randy Voepel opposes SVP Placement in Borrego Springs - KUSI

June 24, 2021

While discussing AB 1130, a bill to create a health care cost control entity, the State of Reform discusses Randy Voepel's opposition. While discussing AB 1130 on the Assembly Floor, Randy Voepel voiced his opposition by stating "the more you try to control health costs, the more you will be actually making the problem worse.” Voepel believes setting price controls for health care services will interfere with the necessary, naturally occurring rate fluctuations in the insurance market. “You have cycles in the insurance business. There are cycles where rates are somewhat steady. Other times, reacting to market forces, the rates go up. Many times, corporations will self-insure. If they self-insure, it depends upon their actuarial experience as far as their claims go. If claims are high, you have to raise your premiums”. He argued there are already regulatory rules in place, saying the California Department of Insurance is required to approve of any rate increases. The “elaborate dance” between companies, providers, and other stakeholders shouldn’t be interrupted by the state’s cost control efforts, he said, “This particular bill really will bring a heavy hammer outside the insurance department, outside the insurance marketplace, that we really don't need. Rates are going up no matter what, because that is the nature of the beast”. 

May 12, 2021

Randy Voepel discusses with KUSI the flawed SVP placement program that plagues East County San Diego

February 4, 2021

Voepel introduces legislation to require financial literacy be taught to high school students

February 13, 2017

Randy Voepel introduces legislation to give veterans preference in hiring

 

 

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