California State Assemblyman Gatto (D-Glendale) was heralded as the “dean” as the Assembly reconvened this December, for being the longest-tenured legislator in the Assembly. The Assemblyman received praise from good-government advocates for his experience as a legislator and his attentiveness to the constituents of the 43rd District. Television news station KGET17 covered the story. Watch this Assembly Assets Video to learn more. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/gatto
The era of ignorance will soon end.
While state law requires school personnel to immediately notify police or child protective services when they know or suspect a student has been abused, it merely suggests school districts train their workers about the mandate.
Consequently, as this newspaper has documented over the past three years, school employees -- from janitors and teachers to principals and district superintendents -- were woefully uninformed about the law.
Another ridesharing law under consideration would regulate how drivers transport passengers to airports, said Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Burbank Democrat.
Transporting users of the ridesharing service to and from airports has been an ongoing policy debate in California. In October, Uber and Lyft reached a deal with San Francisco International Airport.
Public officials in California would have to disclose more about their investments and who they do business with under a state Assembly bill introduced Monday as the legislature began a new session.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced the measure, which would update and amend the state's law requiring public officials to report their financial interests.
SACRAMENTO - The odds of California realizing revenue by legalizing online poker are likely improving, after the introduction of legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to create a sensible framework for the state’s online poker industry. The legislation, AB 9, establishes a regulatory structure that will provide all participants, from players to website operators, with certainty and security that will legitimize the game, support locally owned businesses, and keep much-needed revenue in the state.
“The status quo is a lost opportunity,” said Gatto. “California could receive significant revenue for merely regulating and legitimizing an industry that Californians already participate in but send their dollars overseas.”
Assemblyman Doubles-Down on Efforts to Create Safer Streets in the Wake of Numerous Children Killed on California Streets
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) continued his fight for hit-and-run victims in California yesterday, reintroducing legislation to establish the “Yellow Alert” system, a tool which would empower the public to help solve more hit-and-run crimes and help law enforcement agencies apprehend more hit-and-run drivers.The widely praised legislation was vetoed by Governor Brown in September despite bipartisan support from across the state.
Gatto’s legislation, AB 8, would allow law-enforcement agencies to use the existing Emergency Alert System (aka the “Amber Alert” system) to broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents and enlist drivers to report those suspects right away. Use of the system would be limited to hit-and-runs that result in death or serious bodily injury. Alerts would issue only when there is a sufficient description of the offending vehicle.
Sacramento, CA - A key reform was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) today – AB 10, which would increase financial-disclosure requirements and modernize the forms used by government officials to report their interests.
“Increased transparency is essential to protecting public resources, preventing corruption, and restoring public trust,” said Gatto. “This legislation will bring disclosure requirements into the 21st century. These reforms will shed light on business dealings of political insiders and give Californian’s greater access to the information they deserve.”
Back in 1974, as Americans were being exposed to the cesspool known as Watergate, California's passage of financial-disclosure laws for statewide political figures was considered a good first step toward reform. Unfortunately, the state hasn't bothered taking many steps since.
When it comes to transparency, in fact, California's current financial disclosure laws for statewide elected officials are, well, pathetic.
Drivers who flee the scenes of crashes in California could see descriptions of their cars and license plates displayed on freeway signs under a proposed expansion of the Amber Alert system.
rivers who flee the scenes of crashes in California could see descriptions of their cars and license plates displayed on freeway signs under a proposed expansion of the Amber Alert system.
Perhaps for policy wonks, California's political financial-disclosure laws aren't about finding out how rich our elected local and statewide officials are.
But for many in the public, they are about that. And so getting more details on the size of politicians' financial holdings is one good reason to be supportive of legislation that was set to be introduced this week by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, establishing new rules on how statewide elected officials reveal their financial holdings on publicly available documents each year.