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2013 Legislation

AB 47 (Ending "Swatting") - Video
Increases penalties for "swatting," i.e., faking a 9-1-1 call to dispatch law enforcement to a residence solely with the intent to harass someone and waste law-enforcement resources.

AB 52 (Sacred Sites)
Preserves California's Native American heritage by protecting Native American historical and sacred sites.

AB 61 (Stopping Unfair Parking Meter Tickets)
Protects Californians from local ordinances that penalize motorists who park at broken meters that a city failed to fix.

AB 184 (Helping Catch Hit-and-Run Perpetrators) - Video
Provides expanded tool for law enforcement to apprehend hit-and-run drivers by extending the statute of limitations on hit-and-run incidents that result in death or serious bodily injury.

AB 227 (Stopping Frivolous Lawsuits)
Protects California small business owners from costly frivolous lawsuits by allowing retail businesses a safe harbor period to meet technical requirements of Prop. 65.

AB 265 (Helping Communities Afford Dog Parks)
Helps communities afford and create dog parks by shielding them from certain lawsuits based on activities inherent to a dog park.

AB 278 (Protecting Against Rising Food and Fuel Costs)
Strengthens an environmental law so it does not incentivize the destruction of rainforests or the use of expensive fuels that are falsely labeled as good for the environment.

AB 349 (Protecting Schoolchildren from Abusers) - Video
Protects California's schoolchildren by establishing a tracking system for classified school employees (e.g., cooks, janitors, and bus drivers) who are investigated for child abuse.

AB 405 (Helping the Flow of Traffic During Off Hours) - Video
Requires CalTrans to increase access to the carpool lanes on certain highways in Los Angeles County by pursuing easier ingress and egress and allowing access during non-rush hour times.

AB 440 (Brownfield Cleanup) - Video
Transfers powers to cities, counties and housing authorities to allow these entities to clean-up toxic contamination, and provides protection for public entities, developers and lenders who work to clean up environmentally contaminated properties.

AB 571 (Preserving a Signature California Industry)
Provides much needed funding to protect California's citrus industry from the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which has resulted in devastating crop and job losses worldwide and has been recently been found in Los Angeles.

AB 1349 (Helping Californians Save Water)
Increases statewide water conservation by establishing a self-sustaining, statewide fund to finance water-efficiency upgrades for property owners.

ACA 6 (The Constitution Protection Act)
Protects the California Constitution by making it harder for special interests to add or amend it.

AJR 1 (Initiating an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)
Stops the influence of "Super-PACs" (i.e., unlimited and often hidden corporate money) in federal political campaigns by beginning the process to amend the United States Constitution to nullify the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which established corporations as "people".

AJR 2 (Armenian Genocide Commemoration)
Designate the week of April 18 to 24, 2013, as "California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923," and would memorialize the Congress and the President of the United States to observe the California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide by participating in the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Project.

AJR 12 (International Wage Parity)
Calls on the federal government to demand wage parity with trading partners in treaties, so that we stop outsourcing American jobs.

Bills co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto:

AB 65 (Achadjian/Lowenthal) - Protects victims of rape by clarifying that a perpetrator who lures a victim into sexual activity by impersonating someone is guilty of felony rape.

AB 140 (Dickinson) - Protects the hard-earned life savings of senior citizens by modernizing the definition of undue influence for elder financial abuse and related matters.

AB 400 (Fong) - Improves transparency about the financial backers of proposed ballot measures by requiring initiative, referendum, and recall petitions to include a listing of the five top donors of $10,000 or more to the committee that is funding the petition drive.

Bills Joint Authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto:

AB 609 (Nestande/Gatto) - Video
Ensures that the public can access the published results of taxpayer-funded research for free by requiring state-funded research to be publicly accessible.

Audit Request 013-110: Policies and Procedures for Removing Children (Gatto/Donnelly) - Calls for an investigation of County Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies following recent failures that, in one case, led to the death of an abused child in Los Angeles County and, in another, caused an infant to be taken from the arms of his mother, just for seeking a second medical opinion, in Sacramento County.

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