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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) introduced legislation to today to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168 grants immunity to any emergency responder who damages an unmanned aircraft in the course of firefighting, air ambulance, or search-and-rescue operations.
“Drone operators are risking lives when they fly over an emergency situation. Just because you have access to an expensive toy that can fly in a dangerous area doesn’t mean you should do it,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. “The legislature needs to send a signal that our society simply won’t put up with this nonsense. It's very frustrating to see drone operators once again disrupt firefighting efforts in the Cajon Pass.”
Bill would implement best practices for criminal DNA testing in California
SACRAMENTO – Could thousands of rapes and murders go unsolved in California because of problems with a ballot initiative? Unfortunately, yes. If the California Supreme Court upholds a lower court decision, California’s DNA testing law could be thrown out. The Senate Public Safety Committee voted 7-0 to pass Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation, which is a rare example of the legislature seeking to proactively fix these problems.
In December 2014, a California Court of Appeal struck down California’s criminal-DNA-testing program (Proposition 69) inPeople v. Buza, finding several aspects unconstitutional and dealing a huge setback to law enforcement’s ability to solve crimes. In February, the California Supreme Court granted review of the Buza decision. While the Supreme Court considers the case, DNA collection of felony arrestees has temporarily resumed.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), joined by members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, has authored AB 1116, a bill that would protect Californians from voice-recognition features that surreptitiously record private conversations in the home. The measure to keep television manufacturers and third-party providers from secretly tuning-in to private living-rooms across the state was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 7-0 vote.
The bill will require manufacturers to ensure their televisions voice-recognition feature cannot be enabled without the consumer’s knowledge or consent. AB 1116 also prohibits manufacturers from utilizing recordings for a use not intended by the consumer. As such, it preserves the ability to control a television with voice commands, or to make a Skype call using a television, but prohibits manufacturers from using recorded speech to generate targeted advertisements.
Bill Would Create Incentives to Replace Water-Guzzling Lawns
SACRAMENTO – In some California cities, including the city of Glendale, residents are prohibited from installing synthetic grass or artificial turf to reduce water consumption. When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California Water Bond and numerous other water-efficiency bills, heard from KABC’s Elex Michaelson that cities in his district were fining constituents for replacing water-intensive lawns with realistic looking synthetic grass, he amended AB 1164 to provide relief to residents. Today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water approved the bill by a 9-0 vote.
AB 1164 would prohibit local governments from banning water-conscious landscaping at private residences, so long as the landscaping meets certain stylistic and water-permeability standards. The legislation also creates an incentive program for homeowners who voluntarily replace their grass lawns with drought-resistant landscaping, including native plants and artificial turf, among other mechanisms. As California enters its fourth consecutive drought year, Assemblyman Gatto wants to protect homeowners who install water-efficient landscaping, and encourage others looking reduce urban water use to do the same.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced bipartisan plans to introduce urgently needed and important new legislation that will protect forests, property and the lives of citizens and firefighters. Senate Bill 167 will make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire.
“I’m pleased to join with Senator Gaines to introduce legislation that will punish criminals who ignore the safety of our emergency response professionals and the people they are trying to protect,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “There can be no patience with persons or groups who would risk others’ lives in this way.”
Legislation inspired by Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio personality Casey Kasem, who was denied visitation rights to her now deceased father.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to provide access for adult children who wish to visit an ailing parent was signed into law by Governor Brown, culminating almost two-year’s worth of work on this issue. The legislation, AB 1085, will provide legal recourse for children who are denied access to a parent, by their parent’s current spouse or another family member.
With divorce and remarriage common, there is a possibility of conflict between a subsequent spouse and a child from an ailing parent’s previous marriage. Current law provides no remedial mechanism for children or relatives to petition a court for visitation.
Bill Would Save Millions of Households from Probate or Attorney’s Fees
SACRAMENTO, CA – In California, to pass the contents almost any asset—a bank account, a multi-million-dollar stock account, a car of any value—upon death, all an individual needs to do is fill out a simple “Payable On Death” form. However, for most middle-class Californians, there is no easy way to transfer the title for a house. Homeowners currently face two costly options: hire an attorney to draft a trust (which typically costs homeowners between $2,000 and $6,000) or force surviving loved ones to weather the probate process (with an average cost of $26,000).
The California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that is designed to decrease the amount of hit-and-runs.
Cyclist, pedestrian and street-safety groups urged the committee’s members to pass the bill. Julie Creed, whose son was involved in a hit-and-run and seriously injured, testified that her son’s friend died in a different hit-and-run a few months later.
SACRAMENTO, CA – “I am canceling next week's hearing of my Assembly Bill 9. I believe this is the right thing to do at this point because there is no consensus on the issue yet. My bill has an "urgency" clause, and thus it can be resuscitated at any time.
Over the past three years, I have met with representatives from nearly every software provider, card room, gaming tribe, racetrack, and internet-poker operator who has an opinion on the subject. I gave my word to both supporters and opponents of AB 9 that my goal was consensus, and that I would not move forward with anything that achieved less than that.
I will continue working to craft legislation on which the interested parties can agree, and which is good for the people and treasury of the state of California."
SACRAMENTO, CA – It was a close call. After surviving a “no” recommendation from the chair and some strong lobbying efforts against AB 8, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee passed legislation to reduce the number of hit-and-runs on an 11-0 vote. The legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) will institute the “Yellow Alert” system, allowing law-enforcement officials to engage drivers in helping identify and apprehend hit-and-run drivers.
The bill was able to pass after pedestrian, cyclist, and street-safety groups statewide rose up and let the committee members hear about how important the bill is to apprehend suspects who commit hit-and-run crimes. The committee also heard tearful testimony from Julie Creed, whose son was badly injured in a hit and run, only to lose his friend in a separate hit-and-run incident just months later.