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.
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.
(Los Angeles) – In 2012 Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) wrote legislation – Assembly Bill 2230 - requiring all new carwashes to use 60% recycled water by 2014. With the law now in effect and the state in an even more serious drought situation than when Assemblyman Gatto wrote the legislation, KPCC Radio reporter Molly Peterson took a look at AB 2230 and how deciding on the most water efficient way to wash your car during a drought is not as simple as it seems. (4:33)