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SACRAMENTO, CA- Imagine a television that records and transmits conversations in the privacy of your bedroom. Then imagine words meant to be heard only by your spouse being reviewed by strangers, to discern your personal tastes. This scenario sounds like something straight out of 1984, but it’s real, and it might be in your home right now. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), joined by members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, authored AB 1116 to protect Californians from this type of unwanted surveillance, and today measure was approved by the full Assembly on a 72-0 vote.
The measure will require manufacturers to ensure their television’s 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. In that way, 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.
Legislation was inspired by Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio personality Casey Kasem, who was denied visitation rights to her now deceased father.
SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit an ailing parent was approved by the Assembly with a 77-0 vote. The legislation, AB 1085, will provide legal recourse when children are being 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 mechanism for children or relatives to petition a court for visitation when they are denied access. Nor is there an obligation for such caretakers even to inform family members when an elder dies.
Bill Would Also Provide Incentives for Residents Who Replace
SACRAMENTO - When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) , the
principal co-author of last year's California water bond and numerous water-efficiency bills, heard
from KABC 's Elex Michaelson, and other news outlets, that cities in his district were
fining his constituents for replacing water-intensive lawns with expensive and realistic looking
synthetic grass, he decided to take action and amend his AB 1164 to address this issue. In some
California cities, including the city of Glendale, residents are restricted from making changes to
their landscaping that reduce water use, even though the same landscaping materials are being used
at government-owned buildings, facilities, and schools.
Mike Gatto Teams Up with Attorney General Kamala Harris and Republican Senator Anthony Cannella to Bring an End to Cyber-Exploitation
SACRAMENTO – Posting nude photographs of a person on the internet, without their consent is a serious crime. This type of cyber-exploitation leaves victims feeling embarrassed, isolated, and so ashamed it caused one woman to attempt suicide. That’s why Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) teamed up with Attorney General Kamala Harris to introduce AB 1310, which makes it easier to prosecute the criminals who commit these gross violations of personal privacy and security. The State Assembly unanimously approved Gatto’s legislation by a vote of 79-0.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) continues to innovate the way laws are made in Sacramento by harnessing the power of the Internet to engage all Californians in the legislative process. Earlier this year, Gatto invited the public, for a second-year in a row, to help craft legislation in an open bill-writing process on a wiki-style website. This novel approach was most recently adopted by venture capitalist Tim Draper’s Fix California initiative to solicit ideas for how to overhaul California government. Gatto asked citizens to weigh in this year on legislation to enhance California’s privacy laws, inspired by his new role as the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.
The resulting bill, AB 83, will require businesses and corporations to enhance all privacy standards for the storage of all personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial information, medical information, and geolocation travel information (such as an individual’s Uber trip log). Businesses would also be required to identify reasonably foreseeable internal and external risks to privacy and regularly assess all existing safeguards. The measure passed the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee by a vote of 8-0.
SACRAMENTO – A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to strengthen notice requirements for the storage of newborn blood samples passed the Assembly’s Health Committee by a vote of 17-0. The legislation, AB 170, would require parents to be informed that these samples can be stored in perpetuity for experimentation purposes by researchers, giving these parents the opportunity to opt out of such storage and experimentation. It would further require the destruction of stored samples upon request of a child reaching adulthood.
Each year, thousands of newborns are screened at birth for genetic and metabolic disorders, saving countless lives as a result. AB 170 will do nothing to affect this important public health policy. Rather, the measure addresses the storage of samples after these lifesaving tests take place. It will require parents to be notified that their child’s blood and DNA will be kept for purposes of experimentation and require the state to obtain a signature from parents acknowledging that they have received information about the storage of their child’s blood sample and subsequent use in research.
First-of-its-kind university would
offer science and technology focus and creative arts, to prepare
students for the jobs of tomorrow.
SACRAMENTO - The University of California
system is overcrowded, with slots increasingly scarce for
California's growing population. California industries, from
animation to aviation to app-design, are finding it difficult to
find the specialized graduates they need. To solve these two
problems, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale)
introduced AB 1483, legislation that will start the process for the
creation of a new University of California campus. The Assembly
Higher Education Committee voted 8-4 to approve Assemblyman Gatto's
legislation to create a new UC campus in order to provide extra
capacity and to promote STEAM subjects (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) fight to reduce hit-and-run crimes continued today when the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to approve his AB 8. The measure would establish the “Yellow Alert” system, which would allow law enforcement to engage other drivers to help identify and apprehend hit-and-run perpetrators.
AB 8 would enable the use of the state’s existing network of freeway signs to broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents. Use of the system would be limited to hit-and-runs that result in death or serious bodily injury. Alerts would be issued by local law enforcement when there is a sufficient description of the offending vehicle or the identity of the suspect is known. A “Yellow Alert” would be limited to the area where the hit-and-run crime occurred. When Denver created a similar alert system in 2012, they saw a 76% arrest rate in cases where the alert was activated, compared to a previous arrest rate of around 20%. The success of the program prompted Colorado’s legislature to implement the program statewide.
One hundred years ago, on April 24th, 1915, the first genocide of the 20th century began, in which 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children were intentionally and systematically massacred at the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Mets Eghern, formally known as the Armenian Genocide, constituted one of the most appalling violations of human rights in the history of the world.
SACRAMENTO, CA- Imagine a television that records and transmits conversations in the privacy of your bedroom. Then imagine words meant to be heard only by your spouse being reviewed by strangers, to discern your personal tastes. This scenario sounds like something straight out of 1984, but it’s real, and it might be in your home right now. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale),joined by members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, authored AB 1116 to protect Californians from this type of unwanted surveillance, and today the same Committee voted 11-0 to approve the legislation.
The measure will require manufacturers to ensure their television’s 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. In that way, 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