SACRAMENTO, CA – Advocates for street safety are celebrating as two landmark bills by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which seek to curb the epidemic of hit-and-runs in California, have passed the legislature and are headed to the Governor’s desk. AB 47, which would create a “Yellow Alert” system to help catch hit-and-run offenders, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 74-2. AB 1532, which would expand hit-and-run penalties to include automatic license suspension, passed the Assembly on August 22, 2014 by a vote of 72-2.
“Hit-and-run victims and their families deserve to know that cowards who drive recklessly and purposefully avoid responsibility, will be caught, and will no longer be allowed to drive the streets,” said Gatto. “Together, these bills will empower the public to help us catch hit-and-run drivers before they can cover up the evidence of their crimes and ensure the perpetrators of these cowardly acts think twice before leaving fellow citizens dying on the side of the road.”
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, passed its final legislative hurdle yesterday, clearing the Assembly floor by a vote of 76-0.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced approval for a film/TV tax incentive increase on Wednesday, saying in a statement that a deal has been reached with legislative leaders from both parties.
The legislation is set to increase the incentive to $330 million a year over a five-year period, according to the Los Angeles Times. The governor's office confirmed the report in a news release noting that the incentive is set to begin during the 2015-1016 fiscal year.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders to announce a historic deal to extend and improve California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, making it the second largest tax credit program in the nation.
“Not only does extending the Film Tax Credit keep cameras rolling in California, it will keep costumers designing, craft services catering, and carpenters hammering,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It’s just common sense—when California hosts more production, we get more jobs and more revenue—two things our state can always use. I’d like to thank the co-stars of this effort, Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto, President pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon—and, of course, Governor Brown for ensuring the final scene is a good one.”
SACRAMENTO, CA - A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the California Assembly Friday by a vote of 75-0. 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 after several California colleges have been accused of covering up on-campus sexual assaults because of concerns that higher crime statistics would lead prospective students to choose elsewhere. The lack of clear laws regarding immediate campus-crime reporting, and unwillingness of campus officials to involve proper law-enforcement professionals, greatly diminishes the chance that a perpetrator is arrested and convicted. This, of course, can allow a perpetrator to strike again.
(Los Angeles) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 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. Learn more in this interview of Assemblyman Gatto on KFI Radio’s Bill Carroll program. (6:08)
Sacramento, CA – Most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they'd gladly use recycled water or water-efficient technologies to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If offered a market, they'd gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians. Drought-scorched California moved one step closer to a sensible marriage of these interests, passing two key pieces of legislation both authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles).
AB 2282, which requires the state to adopt building standards for recycled water in newly constructed commercial and residential buildings, passed the legislature today by a vote of 71-0. This bill was followed by a companion bill, AB 2636, which establishes CalConserve, a revolving-loan program to finance water-efficiency projects for home owners and businesses, and help cities and counties reach their water-reduction goals. AB 2636 passed the legislature by a vote of 70-0.
(Los Angeles) – Legislation authored by Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) to encourage film and television productions in California is now pending in the State Senate after having cleared the Assembly on a 76-0 vote. Assembly bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, builds upon the successes of the current program while addressing limitations to it, such as the ability for feature films to apply and television series to have stable shooting cycles. KPCC Radio business reporter Brian Watt spoke with Assemblyman Gatto about AB 1839 and filed this report. (1:25)
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced an agreement has been reached with the Governor on legislation from Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) to encourage film and television productions in California. Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, will extend the state's film tax program by five additional years and increase it's allocation from an annual $100 million to $330 million. A few days earlier, a rally lead by Gatto and Bocanegra brought a large crowd to the state capitol. The behind-the-camera workers of the film and television industry transformed the State Capitol into a production studio, demonstrating to lawmakers and the public how the jobs that bring our favorite movies and television shows to life also boost the state’s economy. Director /Actor Carl Weathers – Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies – was also on hand.
Learn more in this Assembly Access video.