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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.
Sacramento, CA– Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation designed to help reduce traffic and increase the efficiency of Los Angeles County’s freeway system passed the Senate Transportation Committee by a vote of11-0. The bill, AB 210, will create a pilot project to help ease traffic congestion during non-traditional commutes by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, also known as “carpool lanes,” during non-peak hours.
“It's happened to anyone who lives in Southern California. A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty,” said Gatto. “AB 210 is a cost-effective way to expand capacity on the state’s highway system and ensure that non-peak hour travelers can travel to and from home and work and deliver goods and services efficiently.”
(Silver Lake, CA) – California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D Glendale) was in Sacramento preparing for a last minute vote on California’s State Budget while a press conference honoring his late father took place in Silver Lake. Joseph “Joe” Anthony Gatto dedicated his life to his family and educating children about art. In 1985, Joe helped to found the LA County High School for the Arts, and served as Dean of the Visual Arts Department until he retired at age 67. He was awarded the Bravo Award as California Arts Teacher of the Year in 1986 and was honored at the White House in 1988 and 1989. The elder Gatto was murdered in his Silver Lake home by an unknown assailant or assailants back in 2013. The investigation is still on-going. Joe Gatto’s life and legacy was honored by his family, friends and several Los Angeles City Council Members as they unveiled the “Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square” plaque at the intersection of Rowena and West Silver Lake Drive in Silver Lake. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
DMV Now Processing Iconic Plates Reissued by the Legacy License Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Mike Gatto
SACRAMENTO, CA – In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced AB 1658 to create the California Legacy License Plate Program, he wanted to do something nice for those who preserve California’s classic-car heritage. Such enthusiasts often view Sacramento as the source of pesky regulations. But even peskier is the fact that after completing a full restoration of that classic Mustang, a car owner had to affix a seven-digit, bright-white, out-of-period license plate on it.
Today, the DMV announced that production of California's historic black plates has finally begun, and those who ordered them via the Legacy License Plate Program will begin receiving them within the next two to three weeks. Gatto’s AB 1658, signed into law in 2012, authorized the California Legacy License Plate Program, instructing the DMV to reissue iconic plates from California’s past. According to the DMV, the black plates, which were originally issued from 1963-1969, were among the fastest specialty plates ever to achieve the 7,500 applications necessary to be issued.
“Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn't often do much for automobile enthusiasts. This is an easy way for the state to enable everyone from the backyard restorer, to the nostalgic, to the purchaser of a retro-styled automobile to add that extra bit of detail for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design,” said Gatto.
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 reasonable accommodations for adult children who wish to visit an ailing parent was approved by the Senate on a 37-0 vote. The legislation, AB 1085, will provide legal recourse when children 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 when they are denied access. Nor is there an obligation for such caretakers even to inform family members when an elder dies.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) honored local business owners Jack and Ella Torosian and Glendale’s Papillon International Bakery today at the California Small Business Day Awards Ceremony in Sacramento. The annual awards ceremony honors the contributions of small businesses to the State of California.
“The Torosians and Papillon Bakery are an inspiration to us all,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “Their entrepreneurship creates jobs and their story helps to inspire other immigrant families in their pursuit of the American dream. They are living proof that through hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.”
SACRAMENTO – A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to strengthen notice requirements for the storage of newborn blood samples passed the California State Assembly by a vote of 66-11. The legislation, AB 170, will ensure parents are fully informed of their rights when it comes to the retention, storage and eventual medical research conducted on their children’s dried blood spot samples. 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.
Income inequality has been in the public consciousness recently, causing policymakers to redouble our efforts to remediate poverty and preserve what is left of the middle class. But aside from a small group of contrarian economists, few people, and most certainly few policymakers, have been willing to discuss the primary cause of income inequality in the last generation.
When Congress created our central bank, the Federal Reserve, its missions were to be a “banker’s bank,” a lender of last resort for banks whose deposits were overextended or loans oversubscribed, and to hold enough gold in reserve to meet the needs of the nation during economic panics. Those functions are how it got its now somewhat deceptive name, which implies that the Federal Reserve is a place where money is stored “in reserve.”