Latest News from Randy Voepel
June 1, 2022
Assemblyman Voepel recognizes June as PTSD Awareness Month
June is National PTSD Awareness Month. There are about 8 million people in the United States that are currently struggling with PTSD, and even though treatments work, most individuals don’t get the help they need. Although PTSD is normally only associated with our Veteran community, it’s important to understand that no one is immune to PTSD. Survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or any other traumatic event need to know that treatments are available to them and that they actually do work.
May 31, 2022
Randy Voepel - Memorial Day Weekend Recap
This Memorial Day weekend I had the privilege of participating in multiple events in the 71st Assembly District that honored those that gave everything for our country. On Sunday, I met with Alexis Henshaw, Chairperson of the California Veterans of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy Program, to hand out Buddy Poppies at the Ramona VFW and Stater Brothers in Ramona. I had an amazing time handing out the poppies, sharing the history and importance of the Buddy Poppy Program, and meeting with so many of my constituents. I would like to thank everyone who supported disabled and needy veterans through the Buddy Poppy Program. I would also like to thank Alexis for working with my office on ACR 167, which established National Poppy Day in California. On Memorial Day, I attended the Alpine VFW Memorial Day Event where I had an amazing time meeting with my fellow veterans and their families. Together, we honored, mourned, and remembered the brave men and women who gave their lives for us. We will forever miss those we lost and will never forget the sacrifices they made in the name of freedom. May they rest in peace, may God bless them, and may God bless America.
Voepel speaks out against the proposed placement of SVP, Michael Martinez
Once again, East County San Diego is being treated as a dumping ground for Sexually Violent Predators (SVP). The San Diego Superior Court has ordered the conditional release of the Sexually Violent Predator, Michael Martinez, a man convicted of four separate cases including child molesting, annoying/molesting a child, and lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14. The California Department of State Hospitals has recommended that Martinez be placed at 3406 Running M Road, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 – less than 5 miles away from Borrego Springs Elementary School. With the hearing scheduled for July 8, 2022, the SAFE Task Force will be accepting public comments between the dates of June 1, 2022, and June 15, 2022, about the proposed placement to be included in the formal response to the court and the Department of State Hospitals. This is your opportunity to voice your opposition to the placement of yet another Sexually Violent Predator in East County San Diego. Please rest assured that I will do everything in my power to stop the placement of Michael Martinez, and any other Sexually Violent Predators in our community. This is why Assembly District 75 deserves a representative that is truly tough on crime.
May 27, 2022
Assemblyman Voepel presents ACR 167 - National Poppy Day
SACRAMENTO: Today I had the absolute honor of presenting ACR 167 which declares today, May 27th, as National Poppy Day and gifting each Assemblymember a Buddy Poppy made by a disabled or needy veteran from Poway. Since the conclusion of World War One, the red poppy has been used as symbol of the sacrifices made to protect our freedom and a way to honor those who have given their lives for the United States of America in all wars. By dedicating today as National Poppy Day it allows us to honor the fallen and support the living men and women who have worn or are still wearing out Nations uniform. May God bless them, and God bless America.
May 26, 2022
Assemblyman Voepel wraps up the longest night of House of Origin Week
SACRAMENTO: 10 hour long floor session? No big deal. I’m always happy to represent my constituents, no matter the time of day.
May 23, 2022
Assemblyman Voepel prepares for House of Origin deadline
SACRAMENTO: Today marks the beginning of an extremely busy week in the CA Assembly as we prepare to vote on over 500 bills to meet a constitutional deadline. While a decent amount of these bills are good, there are A TON of horrible and socialist bills that I suspect the super-majority party will pass regardless of reason. This week I will see bills that completely violate our second amendment rights, weaken punishments for crime, hurt law enforcement, and raise taxes, and that's just the beginning. Assembly District 75 deserves a representative they can count on to speak out and stand by their conservative values.
May 19, 2022
Assemblyman Randy Voepel attends Lakeside Mixer
LAKESIDE: After returning from Sacramento, I immediately visited the Lakeside VFW to attend the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce "Business Matters Mixer". It was awesome to see everyone at this event and hand out awards from the Lakeside Western Days Parade. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
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
Voepel attends the 44th Annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony
SACRAMENTO: 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.
April 30, 2022
Voepel speaks at the American Liberties Forum of Ramona
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
April 26, 2022
Democrats failure to act on CA gas prices
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
LAKESIDE: "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
Randy Voepel speaks out against early release of inmates by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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
Randy Voepel voices his disappointment and frustration against CA Democrats
- 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
Assemblyman Randy Voepel on the Democrat hijacking of the gas tax suspension bill
SACRAMENTO: 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
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
March 8, 2022
Randy Voepel calls out CA Democrats and the ACLU for defending human traffickers
- 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.
March 4, 2022
Voepel attends forum on the fentanyl epidemic in San Diego
SAN DIEGO: 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.
February 19, 2022
Voepel speaks on the Assembly Floor for Day of Remembrance of Japanese Internment Camps
February 17, 2022
Voepel celebrates Black History Month by honoring the Harlem Hellfighters
February 14, 2022
Randy Voepel on the mask mandate
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
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
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
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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
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