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Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee
Recent News in the 43rd District
SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced a 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 Gatto has committed to introducing, after a consensus emerges. This is the first purely crowdsourced piece of legislation in the United States.
Assemblyman Gatto has advocated for using technology as a tool for citizen engagement. "This is a great way for people to have a voice in their government," said Gatto. "Too often, special-interest groups draft legislation. In contrast, 'crowdsourcing' a bill on the Wiki platform will allow for a fully transparent brainstorming, drafting, and editing process that will incorporate ideas from a large group of people. The collective wisdom of the public will choose the final product."
Seeks More Public Input on Reforms to Improve the State's Business Climate Following the Passage of Historic Legislation Developed by his 2013 Commission
Burbank, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is seeking applications from local business owners to serve on his 2014 Small Business Advisory Commission. The Commission will meet several times in the months ahead, with the goal of formulating one or more legislative proposals that will be introduced by Gatto in the upcoming legislative session.
With small businesses employing more than 37% of all workers in the state, Assemblyman Gatto welcomes input from the people working hard to keep our business community strong. “Small-business owners face the brunt of challenges that affect the economic development of our community. Incorporating our business members into this dialogue enhances the state’s ability to create a more sensible and less burdensome regulatory environment for our businesses,” said Gatto.
Crescenta Valley and Clark Magnet high schools participated in a “Jeopardy!”-style game courtesy of Assemblymember Mike Gatto. The purpose of the game was to highlight financial literacy in a “fun” way, he said.
“This is the second time we have done this at a high school,” Gatto said. “Last year we went to Burbank.”
Assemblymember Mike Gatto was joined by small business owners, consumer attorneys and representatives of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez at The Coffee Table Bistro in Eagle Rock to celebrate the signing of AB 227.
The bill reforms Proposition 65 to protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits by providing a “fix-it ticket” for violations based on the most common, everyday substances covered under Prop. 65. These include alcoholic beverages and those substances that naturally occur when grilling food. The bill is significant because its catalyst was a discussion with members of Gatto’s Small Business Advisory Commission.
In the aftermath of this year's legislative session and Gov. Jerry Brown's bill-signing period, there were very few of his 96 vetoes that I disagreed with.
In fact, I probably could have lived with quite a few more than 96 vetoes compared to the 805 new bills that he signed. But I'm extremely concerned about one particular veto this year that could have a very negative impact on our local economy. You should be, too.
From left to right: Mark Levinson, President of the United Chambers of Commerce; Sue Cabral-Ebert, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Bob Spivak, California Restaurant Association; Mira Guertin, Cal Chamber; Assemblyman Mike Gatto, 43rd District; Brian Kabateck President of Consumer Attorneys of California; and Stuart Waldman, President of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association
Los Angeles – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) joined business leaders, consumer attorneys and representatives of Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) today at The Coffee Table Bistro in Eagle Rock, to celebrate the signing of AB 227, a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto that reforms Prop. 65 to protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits. AB 227 essentially provides for a “fix-it ticket” for violations based on the most common, everyday substances covered under Prop. 65, such as alcoholic beverages or those that naturally occur when grilling food.
Burbank, CA – Nearly 100 local residents clambered into the Little White Chapel Social Room in Burbank on Saturday to participate in a Town Hall meeting hosted by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). Following a flag ceremony and pledge of allegiance by Burbank Cub Scout Pack 219, the diverse group of attendees, who ranged in age from teenagers to senior citizens, asked the Assemblyman questions about the community, legislation, and even a few on his personal interests and perspectives. Gatto answered more than twenty-five questions from the "standing room only" crowd during the hour-and-a-half event.
“I believe in being as accessible as possible,” said Gatto. “Town-hall meetings provide an opportunity for community members to gather together, and speak directly with their elected representatives. They are a centuries-old tradition that is important to maintaining a healthy political discourse.”
What: The public and members of the local media are invited to attend a town-hall meeting with Assemblyman Mike Gatto. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 1pm to 2:30pm, Assemblyman Gatto will be available to answer questions about community issues, provide updates and information about his 2013 legislation, and discuss suggestions for legislation in 2014.
Town Hall Meeting with Assemblyman Mike Gatto
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Little White Chapel
1711 N Avon St.,
Burbank, CA 91505
Why: Town-hall meetings provide an opportunity for community members to gather together and speak directly with their elected representatives. Assemblyman Mike Gatto is proud to invite the public to join the conversation at this town-hall meeting.
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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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