Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Legislation Would Offer Three $25,000 Prizes for Inventive Concepts to Streamline State Government
SACRAMENTO, CA – California Senators took one small step today in what could be a giant leap for good-government advocates in California, passing Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Innovation Awards bill by a vote of 31-4. AB 2138 would offer up to a $25,000 prize for Californians with great ideas and intellectual property that solves a specific problem, innovates a process, or otherwise streamlines a system within a government agency.
“Many people are frustrated with the inefficiencies of government and know exactly how to improve a system or process,” said Gatto. “Imagine a young Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, or other Silicon Valley prodigy just waiting for the opportunity to demonstrate their incredible knowledge and skill. They could earn $25,000 and a lifetime of renown, while helping California to save potentially millions of dollars and making the state more efficient and accessible.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools passed the Senate today by a vote of 30-3. The legislation would require all school employees to be trained according to standards developed by the Department of Education in the proper identification and reporting of child abuse, so that abuse can be stopped in its tracks.
Gatto’s AB 1432 addresses the lack of training on how to recognize and report child abuse in K-12 settings. The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act 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. Despite these requirements, current law does not require school districts to train personnel on detecting and reporting child abuse, nor does it inform them of their responsibilities or that failure to report is a misdemeanor punishable by jail time.
Bill by Assemblymen Gatto and Bocanegra Takes Aim at the Flight of Film
SACRAMENTO – The long saga of AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, continued but passed its final committee barrier today, clearing the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 5-0 vote. The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), contained numerous amendments today which represent the culmination of nearly a year of research and negotiations and would expand and significantly improve the state's current program to keep production jobs in California.
The most anticipated amendment to the bill expands the program's allocation to $400 million a year.
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You gotta use a nozzle. For one thing, it's the law. For another thing, without a nozzle, you could be using a lot of water. Car wash associations say, maybe 100 gallons' worth. Yes, they could be exaggerating. But who's checking when the hose is running?
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Southland lawmaker whose father was killed in a deadly shooting last year wants to prevent would-be criminals from using "no questions asked" gun buyback programs to help destroy evidence of crimes they may have committed.
Legislation introduced Thursday by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would prohibit police agencies from administering handgun buy-backs without taking steps to ensure firearms are property identified and tested as potential evidence.
SACRAMENTO, CA – What is the quickest way to get rid of a murder weapon? Unfortunately, in some cities, it is turning it over to the police department and getting paid to do so. At some of these “no questions asked” gun “buy-backs,” the police will even melt the weapon down in front of you. Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced legislation, AB 2662, to ensure that evidence surrendered to the police at gun buy-back programs is properly tested and identified. The legislation would prohibit agencies from administering handgun buy-backs without conducting basic tests.
“We have carefully crafted this bill to provide law enforcement with flexibility, but to also make sure that common-sense testing occurs on certain handguns that are turned in,” said Gatto.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the rounds in Sacramento Wednesday in a final push to support a bill on expanding California’s tax credit program for film and TV production. The state senate appropriations committee will take up the bill on Thursday.
The bill — AB-1839 —has sailed through the legislature with almost no opposition — in part because it doesn’t yet have a price tag. The bill’s sponsors want to boost the amount of tax credits offered to films and TV shows that shoot in state. The question is by how much.
A recent increase in hit-and-run incidents in Los Angeles has led political leaders, including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, to announce their support of two bills, AB 47 and AB 1532, to improve the situation. Both bills are being heard by the Senate Committee on Appropriations this month after being placed on Appropriations Suspense on August 4.
Los Angeles has 20,000 hit-and-run crashes annually. According to a December 2012 LA Weekly cover story by Dennis Romero on “LA’s Bloody Hit and Run Epidemic, these crashes make up 48 percent of total accidents in the city, which is the highest proportion in the US and far above the national average of 11 percent.
(Los Angeles) – California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) authored Assembly Bill 2034 in an effort to provide adult children of elderly or sick parents basic rights to visit and be informed about that parent’s health, location, death and final arrangements. If passed and signed into law, AB 2034 would give adult children a mechanism to petition a court for what is many times a last visit before a beloved parent passes on. Recently, a very high profile example of why such a law is needed played itself out in Los Angeles where the children of radio legend Casey Kasem fought to visit their sick father, but were not allowed because the elder Kasem’s second wife simply refused to deny them access. The Kasem children went to court to get visitation rights for their father’s final days, but were denied because of a gap in California law that did not give them legal standing to apply for visitation. AB 2034 would fill that gap in current law. Television news station ABC7 covered the story. Watch this Assembly Assets Video to learn more.
(Los Angeles) – At a press conference in front of Los Angeles City Hall, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) talked about his legislation that is aimed at catching hit and run drivers. If passed and signed into law, Assembly Bill 47 would authorize a new “Yellow Alert System” which would make use of the state’s existing changeable message signs to broadcast the description of a suspected hit and run driver and his or her vehicle, if that driver caused serious injuries or killed someone. Assemblyman Gatto was joined by Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, Eric Bruins of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and hit and run survivor, Damian Kevitt. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about AB 47.