If you’ve ever thought of a way to improve government, you may get a chance to share your idea. You may even get paid for it.
X-Prizes are all the rage these days. A company or, in some cases a government, offers cash prizes to people who can solve specific problems or offer innovative ideas. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto wants California to start a government X-Prize. He’s written legislation to create a pilot program in 2015 to test the concept.
CALIFORNIA Assemblyman MIKE GATTO’s (D-LOS ANGELES) legislation to guarantee accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents was passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-0.
CALIFORNIA NEWSWIRE reports, "The legislation, AB 2034, seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child. Currently, adult children are not afforded the legal right to visit an ailing parent. With divorce and remarriage becoming more prevalent, there is a greater possibility of conflict between a subsequent spouse and an ailing parent’s children from a previous marriage. GATTO’s legislation would help resolve these situations by creating a legal process for adult children to petition a court for visitation with their parent if a caretaker stands in the way."
Two bills focused on addressing hit-and-run crashes, authored by CA Assemblymember Mike Gatto, appear quickly on their way to being passed. A.B. 47, which would create an alert system on California highways to help the public assist police in catching drivers involved in hit-and-run crashes, sailed through the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday with a 6-1 vote. A.B. 1532, Gatto’s other bill which increases fines and penalties for hit-and-run drivers, passed a separate committee.
The bill has seen a torrent of support from a broad range of constituents, including bicycle and pedestrian advocates and public safety workers. Its next stop is the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Bill by Assemblymen Gatto and Bocanegra Takes Aim at the Flight of Film
SACRAMENTO – AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, cleared a major legislative hurdle today, passing the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a vote of 6-0. The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and co-authored by more than 65 other legislators, would expand and improve the state’s current program to keep production jobs in California.
“I remember when our communities lost all the good aerospace jobs,” said Gatto. “Losing major employers really harms local families and our state economy. This effort is a rare example of government taking proactive steps to ensure well-paying jobs stay in our communities.”
California lawmakers could soon take action to stem the flight of television and movie productions to other states and foreign countries.
Legislation to renew and possibly expand a 5-year-old state income-tax break for shooting in the Golden State cleared a key state Senate panel Wednesday and is only a few more votes away from landing on the governor's desk.
Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a drastically cheaper water bond set off a fresh round of negotiations in the Capitol on Wednesday, as lawmakers and stakeholders seek to craft a plan that addresses the state's myriad water needs without a bloated price tag.
Brown's $6-billion bond proposal, which was fleshed out in greater detail Wednesday, marks a significant step up in the governor's engagement with the effort to pass a water bond to replace the $11.1-billion measure now on the November ballot.
California's state Senate voted Monday in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to curb the influence of money in politics.
Assembly Joint Resolution 1, first introduced by state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in late 2012, would call for a constitutional convention with the purpose of amending the Constitution to "limit corporate personhood for purposes of campaign finance and political speech" and "further declare that money does not constitute speech and may be legislatively limited."
Mike Gatto’s AJR 1 sparked National Movement To Force Congress to Act to Limit Corporate Personhood, Super PACs
Sacramento, CA – When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AJR 1 in December 2012, he was the first legislator in the United States to employ a unique procedure in the U.S. Constitution that allows state legislatures to command Congressional action. Specifically, AJR 1 would require Congress to call a convention to amend the Constitution, to address the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Today, good-government advocates are celebrating after AJR 1 passed the California State Senate by a vote of 23-11. AJR 1 has already prompted Vermont to pass a resolution modeled after it, and in Illinois a similar resolution is currently making its way through its legislature.
“Most Americans are fed up with the notion that money is speech and that moneyed interests can drown out the speech of average citizens,” said Gatto.
Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto was inspired by the story and struggle of radio personality Casey Kasem
SACRAMENTO, CA – Earlier today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents cleared its biggest legislative hurdle yet, passing the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-0. The legislation, AB 2034, seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child.
Currently, adult children are not afforded the legal right to visit an ailing parent. With divorce and remarriage becoming more prevalent, there is a greater possibility of conflict between a subsequent spouse and an ailing parent’s children from a previous marriage. Gatto’s legislation would help resolve these situations by creating a legal process for adult children to petition a court for visitation with their parent if a caretaker stands in the way.
The California Senate gave final approval Monday to a measure asking Congress to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn the Citizens United court decision that eliminated limits on corporate spending in elections.
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said California becomes the second state to petition for a change in the Constitution to clarify that corporations can face limits in their campaign contributions because money does not constitute speech and may be legislatively limited.