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Gatto Introduces Bill to Cut California Bureaucracy and Protect Water-Conscious Residents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California water bond and numerous water-efficiency bills,...
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Calif. STEAM Proposal for a 'UC-Tech' Gets Passing Grade from Higher Education Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The University of California system is overcrowded, with slots increasingly scarce for California’s growing population. California industries, from...
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Calif. 'Crowdsourced' Bill to Combat Data Breaches Approved by Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee – AB 83

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) continues to innovate the way laws are made in Sacramento by harnessing the power...
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Calif. Bill to Create Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System Safely Passes Committee – AB 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) fight to reduce hit-and-run crimes continued when the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted...
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Calif. Bill to Keep Strangers from Using Your TV to Record Private Conversations Approved by Privacy Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Imagine a television that records and transmits conversations in the privacy of your bedroom. Then imagine words meant to...
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Calif. Legislation to Overhaul DNA Testing Regime Approved by Public Safety Committee – AB 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Could thousands of rapes and murders go unsolved in California because of problems with a ballot initiative? asks Assemblyman...
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Latest Recycled-Water Bill Passes Committee as California's 2015 Drought Continues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California is in the midst of a historic drought, and Calif. 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.
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Huge Win For Middle Class Californians As Probate Simplification Legislation Passes State Assembly – AB139

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to create a “Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed” in California, allowing a...
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Calif. Bill to Improve Probate Process, Cut Fees for Families, Passes Judiciary Committee – AB 139

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- To pass the contents of just about any asset — a bank account, a multi-million-dollar stock account, a car...
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Inspired by Kerri Kasem, Mike Gatto Continues Quest to Give Rights to Calif. Children Denied Access to Ailing Parents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced new legislation that would provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want...
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Assemblyman Gatto Proposes 'Public Caltech,' New UC Campus to Increase Capacity, Specialize in STEAM Subjects

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The University of California (UC) system is overcrowded, with slots increasingly scarce for California’s growing population. California industries,...
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First Hearing of Mike Gatto Committee on Calif. Privacy, Consumer Protection to be as Groundbreaking as its Creation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- According to a press release today from Assemblyman Mike Gatto: The first hearing for the newly created Assembly Privacy...
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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces DNA Privacy Bill – AB 170

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A government repository of the DNA of all children born? It sounds like something out of 20th Century...
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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Legislation to Dramatically Improve Probate Process, Cut Fees for Families – AB 139

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced legislation to improve probate process and cut Fees for families (AB 139)....
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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Continues Groundbreaking 'Wiki Bill' Project, Invites Public to Directly Draft Privacy Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that he is continuing his groundbreaking opportunity to allow individual...
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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Bill to Create New DNA Testing Regime to Solve Crimes – AB 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a former constitutional lawyer, today introduced AB 84, which would allow DNA testing to resume in...
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New California Proposal for Internet Poker Would Address Concerns of Law Enforcement, Protect Local Businesses – AB 9

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The odds of California realizing revenue by legalizing online poker are likely improving, after the introduction of legislation by...
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California Legislation to Create Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System Re-introduced – AB 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) announced his continued his fight for hit-and-run victims in California, yesterday reintroducing legislation...
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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Calls for Greater Transparency and Disclosure for Government Officials – AB10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A key reform was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) today – AB 10, which would increase financial-disclosure requirements...
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California Bill to Protect Campus Crime Victims signed into Law – AB 1433

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, a closely watched and highly anticipated bill by Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) to "ensure...
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California Student Social-Media Privacy Bill Signed Into Law – AB 1442

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have stoked concerns from parents about how to protect the privacy of...
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California Legislation to Create New Funding Stream for Water Efficiency Signed by Gov. Brown – AB 2636

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Another key water-conservation bill introduced by Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and co-authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley),...
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Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Signed by Gov. Brown as 2014 Drought Persists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they'd gladly use recycled water to wash cars...
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California legislation to protect and preserve sacred Native American landmarks signed into law by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- After nearly two years of negotiation, legislation to protect and preserve sacred Native American landmarks was signed by Governor...
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Gov. Brown Signs Historic Deal for California Film Tax Credit Extension for Five Years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- After months of intensive negotiations, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown joined Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima)...
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To Combat Calif. Hit-and-Run Problem, Assemblyman Gatto Sends Two Landmark Bills to Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, advocates for street safety are celebrating as two landmark bills by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which seek...
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Calif. Student Social-Media Privacy Bill Passes Legislature – AB 1442

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have stoked concerns from parents about how to protect the privacy of...
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Landmark California Water Conservation package heads to Governor Amidst summer 2014 drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Most homeowners want cheaper water bills, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). 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.
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Bill to Mandate Child-Abuse Training for California Teachers Clears Senate – AB 1432

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools passed the...
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Calif. Senate Approves Innovation Awards for Creative Californians to Help Streamline State Government – AB 2138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Good-government advocates rejoiced today after the California Senate passed the Innovation Awards bill by a vote of 31-4, says...
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Gatto Introduces California Legislation to Prevent Evidence Destruction at Gun Buy-Back Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- What is the quickest way to get rid of a murder weapon? Unfortunately, in some cities, it is turning...
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California Film and Television Job Creation Act Passes Final Policy Committee – AB 1839

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, cleared a major legislative hurdle...
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Calif. Bill to Provide Children Access to Ailing Parents Passes Senate Committee One Week After Death of Casey Kasem – AB...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Earlier today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit...
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California Legislature Passes State-Initiated Measure to Overturn Citizens United

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AJR 1 in December 2012, he was the first legislator in...
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Legislation to Create Califormia Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System Introduced – AB 47

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) took bold new action today in his ongoing efforts to curb the epidemic...
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Classic Black License Plates Returning to California Cars – Legacy License Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Mike Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1658 and created the California Legacy License Plate Program,...
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California Bill to Increase Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers Passes Assembly – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As an 18-year-old victim remains hospitalized in a coma, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to increase penalties...
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Calif. Water Conservation Bill Passes Assembly – AB 2636

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A key water-conservation bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) passed the Assembly yesterday by a vote of...
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California Bill to Bring Justice to Victims of Campus Crime Passes Assembly – AB 1433

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses...
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California 'X-Prize' Bill Passes Assembly – Would Offer $25,000 Prize for Innovative Concepts to Streamline State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Assembly took one small step today in what could be a giant leap for good-government advocates,...
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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Issues Statement on Passage of New Rainy Day Fund Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a long-time advocate for government and budgetary reform and the author of ACA...
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Mike Gatto's Bill to Protect California Students' Social Media Data Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Young people who might want to delete an embarrassing or controversial post to social media currently have few options,...
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Calif. Animal Protection Bill Would Increase Funding for Shelters, Save Lives – AB 2343

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) introduced new legislation to provide funds to local animal agencies that comply with...
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Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Clears First Legislative Hurdle – AB 2282

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- According to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they'd gladly use recycled...
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Calif. Child Protective Services Audit Uncovers Disturbing Flaws in Agency Performance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- State officials released results today of an audit of child-welfare-services agencies initiated by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in...
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Calif. Bill to Mandate Child-Abuse Training for California Teachers Passes Education Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools overcame its...
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California 'X-Prize' Bill Clears Committee – Gatto's Legislation Would Offer Prize for Innovative Ideas to Streamline State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California took one small step today in what could be a giant leap for good-government advocates, passing Assemblyman Mike...
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Calif. 2014 Water Conservation Bill Clears First Committee as Drought Looms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A key water-conservation bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) passed the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee...
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Calif. State Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee Green Lights the Film and Television Job Creation Act by Bocanegra and Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 passed the Assembly Arts, Entertainment,...
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New Water Source for Drought-Scarred California – Landmark Recycled-Water Bill as Water Crisis Looms – AB 2282

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Although the Legislature cannot make it rain, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is doing the next best thing:...

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