(Pasadena) CA – California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) joined forces with the Pasadena Humane Society and Assemblymembers Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) in hosting a community adoption day at the Pasadena shelter. PHS is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides care for abandoned and homeless animals. By the time the doors closed, 29 cats, 19 dogs, one parakeet, and one chicken had been adopted. For a look at the action and some adorable pets waiting for good homes, check out this Assembly Access Video.
(Los Angeles) - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is looking to curb the epidemic of hit-and-runs in California with his legislation to create a “Yellow Alert” system to help catch hit-and-run offenders. His bill, AB 47, would allow law-enforcement agencies to use the existing Emergency Alert System (of which "Amber" Alerts are a part) to notify the public of specific descriptions of vehicles suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run collision. “The public is almost always needed to catch those who leave fellow citizens dying on the side of the road, and AB 47 will allow us to notify the public promptly, before the perpetrator can get away and cover up the evidence,” says Assemblyman Gatto. Reporter Bob Lawrence with San Diego’s ABC 10 News focused on AB 47 in a recent story. You can watch it in this Assembly Assets video.
The Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC essentially held that spending money on election ads is a form of free speech, and thus there's little Congress can do to limit it. In contrast, direct donations to political candidates could remain regulated and restricted. This created an incentive for moneyed groups and individuals to affect elections by spending on their own election ads rather than donating to candidates or parties.
At issue in Citizens United v. FEC was an existing law that restricted corporate and union spending on election season ads. They could not pay for ads with their general funds, but instead had to set up PACs that would be regulated by the FEC, and spend through those. In Citizens United v. FEC, the court ruled that this restriction was unconstitutional. The court held that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to freedom of speech, and the prohibition on spending their own money on elections was effectively muzzling them.
LOS ANGELES — It’s been 227 years since the United States held a constitutional convention in response to a crisis over how to govern the country following independence from Great Britain. The convention of 1787, supported by such luminaries as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, resulted in the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto may not go down in history as another Madison or Hamilton. But he has taken a leaf out of their book in an effort to address what he believes is an ongoing crisis over governing the country since a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010.
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.