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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
Bill would fix problems created by Proposition 69 and 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 Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 6 to 1 to pass Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation, which is a rare example of the legislature seeking to proactively fix these problems. Assembly Bill 84 is an omnibus DNA bill that also contains other improvements to DNA collection laws.
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 – California is in the midst of a historic drought, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has continued his focus on delivering new sources of clean water. Gatto’s legislation to help reduce the barriers for onsite-water recycling and allow more Californians to participate in safe and sustainable recycled-water practices was approved by the Assembly’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee on a 15-0 vote.
“Having access to recycled water will cut back on the use of drinking water for non-potable tasks such as irrigation, toilet-flushing, and cleaning,” said Gatto. “AB 1463 would help homeowners, businesses, and municipalities meet California’s water-quality standards and water-supply needs.”
SACRAMENTO - A significant reform introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), AB 10, cleared its legislative hurdle after passing the Assembly’s Elections and Redistricting Committee by a vote of 6 to 0. The legislation 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 modernize disclosure forms to reveal the business dealings of political insiders and give Californians greater access to information about their representatives.”
This time of year, everyone is focused on their taxes. Few of us like parting with our hard-earned money, so I am writing you today to make sure that you get back what you deserve from the government – and not just tax refunds.
A sack of loose diamonds, a bar of solid gold, and a can of sardines are just a few of the valuable and strange items that the State of California is holding as “unclaimed property.” In fact, the state is holding more than $7.1 billion in unclaimed cash and other items belonging to over 27.9 million individuals and businesses! Could those diamonds belong to you? Or maybe just a long-forgotten cable-TV deposit?
California’s Unclaimed Property Law was passed to protect consumers and prevent businesses from improperly keeping your money. But if property goes unclaimed too long it goes to the state. So I wanted to pass along to you this handy tool for searching whether the government owes YOU or your loved ones any money:
Visit this website to begin your search and claim your property today.
Very truly yours,
Chair of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee
Assemblymember, AD 43
SACRAMENTO, CA – To pass the contents of just about 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. These streamlined transfers help families avoid the ridiculously high fees and time-consuming bureaucracy of probate. Even though family members can easily deed a house to a loved one while alive, California provides no easy way to do so upon death.
Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to create a “Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed” in California, allowing a homeowner to specify who a house should be deeded to upon passing, was approved by the State Assembly unanimously on a vote of 73-0. Assembly Bill 139 will not only remove a layer of stress for grieving families, but it will also relieve California’s already overburdened court system by ensuring that real property does not enter the bureaucratic probate process.
(Los Angeles) - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has reintroduced legislation to establish the “Yellow Alert” system, a tool which would empower the public to help solve hit-and-run crimes and help law enforcement agencies apprehend more hit-and-run drivers. Assembly Bill 8 would allow law-enforcement agencies to access the state’s system of changeable message signs and broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents. Assemblyman Gatto was a guest on TalkRadio 790 KABC "Judge Cristina Live @ 9” program to discuss AB 8. Hear the interview here” (8:26)
As improbable as it may seem, there are some major issues in the California Legislature that attract bipartisan interest and cooperation.
A big one is protecting privacy in an age of ubiquitous, picture- and video-taking smartphones, camera-carrying drones, retail payment terminals, interactive cable television sets and countless other forms of digitized intrusion.
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who chairs a newly created committee that deals with privacy issues, and Republican Sen. Ted Gaines are teaming up for one package of bills.
(San Diego) - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has reignited his battle for hit-and-run victims in California by reintroducing legislation to establish the “Yellow Alert” system, a tool which would empower the public to help solve hit-and-run crimes and help law enforcement agencies apprehend more hit-and-run drivers. Assembly Bill 8 would allow law-enforcement agencies to access the state’s system of changeable freeway signs and broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents. KNSD TV (NBC7) reported on AB 8. Watch their story in this Assembly Assets video.