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.
Jean Fuller: Citrus disease funding veto was a mistake
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.
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.”
Asm. Gatto: Don’t Turn Hyperion Bridge Into Highway
As reported on Tuesday, Assemblyman Mike Gatto is now the first elected official to publicly oppose the currently proposed redesign of the Hyperion Viaduct over the Los Angeles River. Critics of the redesign argue that the proposed widening the lanes and adding crash buffers will only encourage more unsafe driving both on the bridge and through the connecting communities.
Gatto agrees. In a letter written to the Department of Environmental Planning, which is overseeing the environmental review of the $50 million project, Gatto writes:
Small biz gets rare reg relief
In a rare act of regulatory relief from Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill reducing the opportunities for shakedown lawsuits against businesses that fail to post some warnings about potentially hazardous chemicals.
My guess is that you’ve noticed – and then promptly ignored – scary signs in stores, restaurants and other retail locations warning about chemicals that may cause cancer or birth defects.
Lawmakers Seek Stiffer Penalties For Hit-And-Runs
With the epidemic of hit-and-runs in the Los Angeles area showing no signs of slowing, several lawmakers are trying to increase penalties to drivers. One councilman who cited the overwhelming "culture of driver apathy" wants to make hit-and-run charges comparable to those for drunk driving.
Assembly Member Mike Gatto introduced a bill last December, AB 184, to extend the statute of limitations on hit-and-runs from 3 years to 6 years. It passed the Assembly and the Senate unanimously and has been awaiting a signature from Governor Brown since September 19.
Governor signs Prop. 65 toxic chemical warning reform
Changes are officially coming to Proposition 65, the state of California's voter-approved law on warnings for toxic chemicals.
On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 227, authored by Southern California Democrat Mike Gatto, which gives business owners a 14-day grace period to fix violations under the law and allows them to pay a small fine to avoid legal action.
Brown signs law amending state's anti-toxins law, Proposition 65
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law changes to Proposition 65, the state's landmark anti-toxins law, that aim to reduce lawsuits and fines for businesses.
The initiative, which voters approved in 1986, requires businesses to post notices about the presence of possibly dangerous chemicals, which include alcohol, carcinogens found in parking garages and byproducts of coffee roasting.
CA Pols Announce Plan To Propose 2014 Bill Boosting Film and TV Tax Credits
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today announced a plan to introduce new film and television production tax credits for the state in January 2014, when the legislature returns from interim recess. Competitition from out-of-state incentive programs have been a prime concern in recent years particularly in Gatto’s Southern California district which spans Burbank, Glendale, and Hollywood and includes many of LA’s most prominent studios and post-facilities including DreamWorks, Disney, Universal, and Warner Bros. But Gatto and De Leon don’t expect an easy road ahead. They’re meeting with industry and studio figures as well as below the line pros and small business owners to gather feedback before setting the parameters of their proposed bill. “I think the entire program needs rethinking – not just renewing and throwing more money at it. We need to make incentives bigger and make them smarter and spend funds on things that matter,” Gatto told Deadline.
California Lawmakers Say They Will Introduce Bill to Boost Film and TV Production Tax Credit
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and and state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) say that they plan to introduce a film and TV production tax credit legislation in January, 2014, once the legislature returns from an interim recess.
California’s existing tax incentive program, which originally passed in 2009, provides credits up to $100 million per year. Critics say that the sum is insufficient to meet the demand or to compete with other states, and that the credit is not available to categories like premium cable shows and commercials.
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