SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools was signed into law by Governor Brown today. 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.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill Addresses Growing Concerns About School Districts Using Tax Dollars to Collect and Store Student Social-Media Information
SACRAMENTO, CA – Social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have stoked concerns from parents about how to protect the privacy of their children, yet few parents are aware that school districts across California are using taxpayer dollars to monitor, collect, and store student social-media data and postings, potentially forever, leaving students vulnerable to security breaches.
Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would address this growing concern and ensure that parents are informed when their children’s social-media activities are being monitored, so that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly, and data collected by school districts cannot come back to harm students years later. Gatto’s bill, AB 1442, was signed into law by Governor Brown today.
(Los Angeles) – California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) appeared on NBC L.A.’s, “News Conference” with Conan Nolan. Assemblyman Gatto talked about his film tax credit extension legislation, which will provide $330 million in incentives over five years. The legislation was recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Assemblyman Gatto was joined on the show by the legislation’s co-author Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima). The lawmakers talked discussed how the credit would help save the middle-class jobs that the television and film industries generate. Assemblyman Gatto also spoke about his hit and run driver legislation, as well as the latest news on the investigation of the tragic, unsolved murder of his father. Watch this Assembly Assets Video to learn more.
SACRAMENTO, CA - A closely watched and highly anticipated bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated was signed into law today by Governor Brown. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate crimes), occurring on or near campus, to local law enforcement, with the permission of the victim.
The legislation comes as President Obama is beginning to discuss the problem nationally. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced federal legislation in July, but the bill has yet to be heard in any committees.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Legislation Would Offer $25,000 Prize for Inventive Concepts to Streamline State Government
SACRAMENTO, CA – Good-government advocates rejoiced today after Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Innovation Awards bill. AB 2138 would offer up to a $25,000 prize for Californians who provide 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 his or her 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 – Most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they'd gladly use recycled water to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If provided a market, they'd gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians. Drought-scorched California took bold action today to make these visions a reality, as Governor Brown signed AB 2282. The ground breaking legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would require the state to adopt building standards for recycled water in newly constructed commercial and residential buildings.
“The drought is a reminder that we need to make the best use of our limited water resources,” noted Gatto. “Recycled water is cleaner than most of the water in our natural aquifers. It’s wasteful and inefficient to dump this water into the ocean when we could use it for productive purposes.”
Assemblyman Mike Gatto worked to draft the United States' first bill drafted by the public on a wiki-style Web page — but California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed it. Still, Gatto's not being deterred, as he plans to organize more wiki bills starting in December.
(Los Angeles) - Assemblymen Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) stood with Governor Jerry Brown as he signed their legislation, AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014. The legislation was co-authored by more than sixty-five other legislators, and received bipartisan support from elected officials and below-the-line workers from every region of California. It significantly expands and improves the state’s film tax incentive program to keep production jobs in California, including a five year program extension, an increase in the program’s budget allocation to $330 million annually, and the creation of a new competitive jobs rating system to determine which projects will receive the credits. “I’ve heard from so many people during my time in office, who have told me about their families being torn apart because of production fleeing the state, and how this program will give stability to families, certainty to small businesses, and will help our communities thrive,” said Assemblyman Gatto. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2014
Contact: Jackie Koenig (Bocanegra) – (916) 319-2039
Justin Hager (Gatto) – (415) 889-9762
Governor Signs Historic Deal for Film Tax Credit Extension
Bill by Assemblymembers Bocanegra and Gatto Extends the Program
For Five Years and Expands its Allocation to $330 Million Annually
SACRAMENTO – After months of intensive negotiations, Governor Jerry Brown joined Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) in taking bold action to protect jobs and families across the Golden State. At a ceremony this morning at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and with one swipe of his pen, the Governor signed AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014.
The legislation, first introduced by Bocanegra and Gatto in January, was co-authored by more than sixty-five other legislators, and received bipartisan support from elected officials and below-the-line workers from every region of California. It significantly expands and improves the state’s film tax incentive program to keep production jobs in California, including a five year program extension, an increase in the program’s budget allocation to $330 million annually, and the creation of a new competitive jobs rating system to determine which projects will receive the credits.
(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.