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Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee
Recent News in the 43rd District
(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.
(Los Angeles) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) says anyone who flees the scene of a hit-and-run accident should lose their driver’s license – for a minimum of six months. Assemblyman Gatto has authored Assembly Bill 1532 to require the suspension of a driver’s license for anyone who flees from a hit-and-run where another person is hit - regardless of whether anyone is injured in the accident. NBC4 News reporter Robert Kovacik looked into the reasons behind Assemblyman Gatto’s legislation and filed the story you can watch in this Assembly Assets video.
(Los Angeles) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has authored Assembly Bill 1508 to ban the so-called affluenza defense. The Assemblyman posits there’s no place in the judicial system for using a spoiled upbringing as an excuse for criminal acts, “I think the majority of us believe that people should own up to their actions, and that criminals should not be able to use their wealth or privilege to lessen the severity of their sentences.” Assemblyman Gatto’s legislation was recently the focus on the FOX Business News program Varney and Co. Watch the interview in this Assembly Assets video.
(Los Angeles) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was recently a guest on the KNBC TV program News Conference with Conan Nolan to discuss his new legislation to suspend the driver’s license of anyone who flees the scene of a hit-and-run accident where a person is hit. Assemblyman Gatto says Assembly Bill 1532 “is a sensible fix to the law that will lead people to think twice before leaving the scene of an accident.” Watch the entire interview in this Assembly Assets video.
Hit-and-run drivers would automatically lose their license under the new bill.
Hit-and-run crashes in Southern California are considered an "epidemic," according to Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
The LAPD reports that 20,000 hit-and-run crashes are recorded annually, and according to state data, 4,000 of those result in injury or death.
(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced legislation to prevent child abuse in schools by ensuring that school employees are properly trained in how to identify abuse and stop it in its tracks. Several recent incidents of unreported child abuse, where one of more school employees were aware of the incident but failed to report it to law enforcement, have shed light on gaping flaws in California’s mandated reporting policies that have, as a result, prolonged students’ misery. Assembly Bill 1432, which would require all school officials to be trained and tested on the same, statewide mandated reporter policies and procedures within the first six weeks of each school year, was the focus of this recent report on KNX Radio. (:46)
(Sacramento) – Motorists and small-business owners will receive parking relief this year when a new law, carried by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), goes into effect. Assembly Bill 61 allows motorists to park in spaces controlled by a broken meter for the maximum time allowed by the meter, without fear of getting a ticket. The new law protects against multiple types of meter failure, including coin-jammed meters and interruptions in power or internet service to the newer kiosks, ensuring that parking spots remain available to the motorists, shop owners and small businesses that rely on them. Listen to Capitol Public Radio reporter Bob Moffit speak with Assemblyman Gatto about the new law. (:58)
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) joined with people of Armenian descent around California and the world in calling for the United States to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as a sovereign state. The resolution, AJR 32, invokes strong language from the United States’ own history regarding the rights of the people to “self-determination and democratic independence.” If Gatto's resolution passes, it would make California the most populous governmental entity to call for Nagorno-Karabakh recognition, or to recognize it outright.
Three organizations that have already expressed support for the legislation are the Armenian Council of America (ACA), the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), and the Unified Young Armenians (UYA).
California Representative Mike Gatto says… “no.” And he’s asking fellow lawmakers to support a new California law that might surprise you.
California may change how college and university officials respond to rape. The State Assembly introduced Assembly Bill 1433 this week. If it passes, campuses would be required to report violent crimes, including forcible rape, to police unless victims request otherwise.
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a state bill this week that would change the rules for reporting rapes on college campuses in an effort to hold universities more accountable. AB 1433 would amend California's Education Code to require hate crimes and violent crimes, such as homicide, rape, or robbery, that are received by a university's campus law enforcement agency to be immediately reported to the police.
Gatto became interested in the subject after Occidental College failed to report dozens of sexual assault allegations in 2010 and 2011, which he suspects was to improve their image. Several others have also faced investigations and lawsuits recently for failing to disclose information about crimes that happen on or near campuses, a requirement under the federal Clery Act. "That's a really poor excuse to fail to investigate a crime like rape. We want to make sure administrations can't keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is."
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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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