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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

No More Unfair Tickets for Parking at Broken Meters

(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)

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Assemblyman Gatto introduces resolution to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh

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 debates police involvement in university rape

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 Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses

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."



New California Bill Would Change Rules for Reporting Rapes on College Campuses

A few days after the start of the new year, Sofie Karasek, a junior at the University of California at Berkeley, received a call from Southern California Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office asking if she would testify on behalf of a bill that would force college officials to report all sexual violence and hate crimes to police.

A staffer told her the bill was Gatto’s top priority for 2014 -- he planned to introduce it the following week, on the first day of the new legislative session -- and that it would be the first of its kind.



California lawmaker asks constituents to write America's first wiki-bill

Politicians always pledge to listen to their constituents when drafting new bills. Most of the time, these promises manifest themselves by nodding politely when voters lecture them at town halls and then introducing whatever legislation powerful corporate lobbyists write for them.

But one Golden State lawmaker is taking the idea of accountability to a new extreme. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) has introduced a Wikipedia-esque website where his constituents can literally work together to write a bill that he will then submit for passage.



Lawmaker Moves To Boost Training For Teachers To ID, Report Child Abuse

LOS ANGELES ( — A Southland lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require teachers and other school staffers to undergo training on how to identify suspected cases of child abuse.

KNX 1070′s Margaret Carrero reports Assemblyman Mike Gatto wants the California Department of Education to provide guidelines for educators on how — and when — to alert authorities.



New bill targets underreporting of sexual assaults at state colleges

SACRAMENTO -- A new bill introduced Monday would impose new reporting requirements for crimes occurring at colleges and universities, a response to reports that several California schools did not fully disclose on-campus sexual assaults.

The bill, by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), would require colleges to report violent crimes and hate crimes on or near campus to local law enforcement for investigation, unless the victim of the crime requests that such a report not be submitted.



Broken-Meter Parking Tickets Outlawed in California

Among the new laws to take effect Wednesday, one will surely warm your heart.

L.A. state Assemblyman Mike Gatto's legislation that outlaws the practice of ticketing vehicles parked at broken meters in some cities, including L.A., will become law Jan. 1.



Crime on campus: Local police should investigate incidents like San Jose State's

The stories are undeniably tragic.

At Occidental College in Los Angeles, the administration allegedly did not report on-campus rapes to law enforcement, apparently concerned that higher crime statistics would make prospective students choose elsewhere.



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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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