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

Recent News in the 43rd District

Assemblyman Mike Gatto Takes Action to Protect Victims of On-Campus Rapes and Similar Crimes

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation today to ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated.  The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain crimes occurring on or near campus to local law enforcement to investigate, if the victim does not request anonymity.

The legislation comes after several California colleges have been accused of covering-up on-campus sexual assaults because of concerns that higher crime statistics would lead prospective students to choose elsewhere.  The unwillingness of campus officials to involve proper non-campus law-enforcement professionals greatly diminishes the chance that a perpetrator is arrested and convicted.  This, of course, can allow a perpetrator to strike again.



Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Resolution to Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh

SACRAMENTO, CA – 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.

In 1921, the Soviet Union illegally severed Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, from Armenia, and placed it under the newly created Soviet Azerbaijani administration.  Seventy years later, the people there formed the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.  On 6 January 1992, the democratically elected legislature of the Republic formally declared independence.  Since proclaiming independence, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has registered significant progress in democracy building, including a presidential election last year that was assessed by international observers as free and transparent.



Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Bill To Improve Child-Abuse Reporting In Schools

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation today to prevent child abuse in schools by ensuring that school employees identify the abuse and stop it in its tracks.  Recent reports showed that certain abuse was prolonged because large numbers of school personnel were unaware of the processes and their responsibilities for reporting abuse.  Gatto's legislation, AB 1432, would require teachers and other school officials to pass an online course on how to identify and properly report abuse, as a prerequisite before the start of each school year.

Enacted in 1963, the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) requires certain professionals, known as mandated reporters, to report to law enforcement or protective services known or suspected instances of neglect, or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.  Mandated reporters include educational professionals like teachers, instructional aides, teachers’ aides, school administrators, and counselors.  Despite CANRA’s requirements, current law does not require school districts to train personnel on detecting and reporting child abuse.



New Laws from Assemblyman Mike Gatto take effect January 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - Californians across the state will benefit from new laws authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that will take effect on January 1, 2014.

Motorists and small-business owners will receive some parking relief in January.  A bill by Assemblyman  Mike Gatto will allow motorists to park in spaces controlled by a broken meter for the maximum time allowed by the meter. The bill, AB 61, guarantees that parking spots remain available to the motorists, shop owners, and small businesses that rely on them, even when the meter is not working properly.

"Taxpayers already pay for street maintenance, meter installation, and meter upkeep," said Gatto.  "Local governments should take responsibility and keep parking meters in good working order, not squeeze a double-penalty out of cash-strapped citizens."



Assemblyman Mike Gatto Invites Public to Draft the United States' First Ever "Wiki Bill"

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."



Assemblyman Mike Gatto Forms 2014 Small Business Advisory Commission

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.



Services for Joseph Gatto to be held Monday

The family of Joseph Gatto will hold a funeral for their father on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 10:00 am, at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church (2060 North Vermont Avenue) in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.



Dairy cows in Galt make fuel for SMUD kilowatts

GALT, Calif. (KCRA) —Tons of cow manure are being used as fuel to produce electricity for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

The New Hope Dairy in Galt is now supporting California’s newest and most advanced dairy digester.



Students Learn How to Avoid Econ ‘Jeopardy’

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.”



Prop 65 Reform Celebrated

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.



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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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