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Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I represent Atwater Village, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, and Silver Lake in the state legislature. Restoring California's greatness is my mission. I always value hearing your thoughts, and I do my best to respond via e-mail.

Mike Gatto
Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee

Recent News in the 43rd District

Calif. Assemblyman Hopes To Make Recycled Water Available For Use In Homes, Businesses

LOS ANGELES ( —A California assemblyman hopes to make recycled water available for use in homes and businesses.

Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill calling for new building standards that would require developers to outfit new commercial and residential buildings with so-called "purple pipes" for recycled water.

"I envision a time where people who buy a new house, particularly in the desert parts of California, would have a hot pipe and a cold pipe and a recycled water pipe. If they want to run their garbage disposal or do their laundry with the recycled water then they're making an environmental choice and one that's also cheaper," he said.



New Water Source for Drought-Scarred California

Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Landmark Recycled-Water Bill as Water Crisis Looms

Sacramento, CA – Although the Legislature cannot make it rain, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is doing the next best thing: creating new sources of clean water.  Assemblyman Gatto introduced AB 2282 last week, which requires the state to adopt building standards for recycled water in newly constructed commercial and residential buildings, helping California integrate recycled water into its water-supply portfolio for the future.

California is in the middle of a disastrous drought.For the first time in history, water exports to Central Valley farms and Southern California homes have fallen to zero. Crops are dying, cities are running out of drinking water, and streams are running dry.



Deadline approaches for Assemblyman Gatto’s “Wiki Bill”

First-of-its-kind bill prepares for the Next Step in the Legislative Process

SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that he is taking the next step in introducing the nation’s first ever “wiki bill” today, encouraging interested individuals to finalize and submit their proposed legislative language by March 3, 2014.

In December, Gatto announced the groundbreaking opportunity to allow individual citizens to draft a piece of legislation directly via an online Wiki.  Citizens can visit the "wiki bill's" website, and by using an interface similar to Wikipedia's, they can propose, draft, and edit a bill, which the Assemblyman has committed to introducing.



Assemblyman Mike Gatto Wants to Outlaw the “Affluenza” Defense in California

(Sacramento) – Last year a judge in Texas sentenced a teenager convicted of killing four people, while driving under the influence, to only rehab and probation.  A psychiatrist for the defense testified that the young man suffered from “affluenza,” meaning that his privileged and overly permissive upbringing made him unable to fully understand the consequences of his actions.  California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is the author of Assembly Bill 1508, which would prohibit the “affluenza” defense in California courts.  Watch this Assembly Asset video to see a report from KOVR 13 news.


California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses

A government official appears at a man’s door. The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home.

This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles.



California Roads One Step Closer to Being a Source of Energy

Cutting-Edge Technology Championed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto Gets Strong Support in California Energy Commission Study

Sacramento, CA – Shortly after being elected, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) had a conversation with a friend who had just returned from Israel. Expecting to hear emotional descriptions of religious sites, Gatto was surprised to hear his friend rave instead about a road that produced energy.

After putting aside his credulity and researching the issue, Gatto found that engineers in Israel, Italy, and Japan had successfully installed piezoelectric sensors underneath roadways and railways. The technique uses tiny devices that look like watch batteries, embedded in pavement, to recapture energy that would be otherwise lost as vehicles rumble along. The energy from the tiny vibrations can be converted into electricity to power roadside lights, call boxes, and neighboring communities. Gatto immediately understood that the technology could be put to good use in car-obsessed California.



California bill would ban 'affluenza' defense in criminal cases

(CNN) -- It appears to be mere coincidence that a California lawmaker's bill to ban the defense of "affluenza" comes the week before the television debut of "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills."

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, introduced a bill in the state Legislature on Tuesday that would outlaw the defense at trial or during post-trial sentencing, according to a news release from Gatto's office.



Assemblyman Gatto: law needed to restrict government data collection

Burbank-area Assemblyman Mike Gatto is warning that school districts and other local government agencies should be curbed in what kinds of private information they keep on residents - and for how long.

He was motivated by the Glendale Unified School District's decision last year to contract Geo Listening, a private tech company, to police students’ social media accounts to head off bullying or other violence. He said people should be worried about that kind of data collection.



Contra Costa Times editorial: Require training for school workers on recognizing, reporting abuse

For nearly two years, this newspaper has documented cases of educators' failure to warn law enforcement about suspected child abusers. The ignorance among teachers and administrators of the law mandating such reporting stuns us.

Finally, a lawmaker proposes requiring that all school personnel annually review the law. Kudos to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, for his simple, cost-effective legislation, Assembly Bill 1432, which embraces part of an idea we suggested nearly a year ago.



Assemblyman Gatto: Ban the Affluenza Defense

(Los Angeles) –Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation (Assembly Bill 1508) to eliminate the affluenza defense during criminal trial and sentencing proceedings. His effort to exclude being raised in an affluent or overly permissive household as a factor in the courtroom was highlighted recently when he was interviewed on the MSNBC program NewsNation with Tamron Hall. Assemblyman Gatto says the affluenza defense is not a new tactic, noting his staff had found cases dating back to the 1920’s. Watch the entire interview in this Assembly Assets video.


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  • Thursday, August 16 2012
    Car Nostalgia Gets A Boost

    After a summer of strife in Sacramento over missing park funds, competing tax proposals, and bickering over pensions, lawmakers actually did something nice Thursday. They sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that, in a nod to nostalgia, allows the state to revive and re-issue license plates seen on California cars…

  • Wednesday, August 15 2012
    Gov. Jerry Brown weighs protections for California sports fans

    Gov. Jerry Brown is weighing a proposal to better protect sports fans from violence at California's professional football stadiums, hockey arenas and baseball parks. In the wake of violent incidents across the state, including the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, the Legislature this…

  • Monday, August 13 2012
    Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect Senior Citizens Heads to Governor for Signature

    Sacramento, CA – AB 1624, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D–Los Angeles), an important measure to protect senior citizens and others from having their bank accounts drained, cleared its final legislative hurdle today, passing the State Assembly on concurrence by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 78-0. The bill now heads…

  • Monday, August 13 2012
    Mike Gatto's Stadium Violence Prevention Bill Heads to the Governor

    Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 2464, the Improving Personal Safety at Stadiums Act, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), passed the Senate today by a 36-0 vote.  The Act would require major-league sports stadiums in California to clearly post the numbers fans can use to call or text-message stadium…

  • Monday, August 13 2012
    Assemblyman Mike Gatto Bill to Allow Motorists to Show Proof of Auto Insurance on Their Smartphones Heads to Governor

    Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Assembly Bill 1708, a measure which would give California drivers the option to present their proof of auto insurance in electronic form, such as on a smartphone or other personal electronic device, was passed by the Assembly on a vote of 78-1…

  • Saturday, August 11 2012
    Gatto appointed to Appropriations Committee

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) was appointed this week as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, where he will have significant sway over funding decisions, including those that could benefit the 43rd district. House Speaker John Perez made the appointment because Gatto is a "talented legislator" who can gather support…

  • Thursday, August 02 2012
    Recycled Water for Carwashes is Common Sense

    Carwashes are among the biggest retail users of water. And unlike restaurants or schools or homes, the water used in carwashes is meant to get dirty. So does it make sense to wash a dirt-encrusted Jeep with drinking water? That's the premise behind my Assembly Bill 2230. It would require…

  • Friday, July 27 2012
    Veterans Closer to Completing Two Strike War Memorial Wall

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto presented a $5,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation to restoring the Two Strike Park veteran war memorial wall. The call to action started in 2006, when Army Spc. Nicholas Steinbacher was killed in Iraq. After Steinbacher's death, Veterans of Foreign War Post 1614 and American Legion…

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