SACRAMENTO, CA — The so-called “Turkish Peace and Justice Committee” (TPJ) has launched a fight against Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill that would extend the deadline for victims of the Armenian Genocide and their heirs to file lawsuits in California courts against insurance companies. On Tuesday, March 8, the TPJ sent a letter to the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee expressing its staunch opposition to AB 173, by Gatto.
The letter sharply criticizes AB 173, stating that “it is shocking to see CA lawmakers disregarding U.S. interests at a most vital time for our economic recovery and national security.” Gatto, however, was not budging. “Justice is justice. And a statement urging me to consider current U.S. interests is not going to rewrite history, nor will it move me from the path of seeking compensation for the victims and their heirs,” said Gatto.
“I’m proud to have authored AB 173, and I will continue to the fight in the California Legislature, regardless of the pressure put on me by groups advocating for Turkish national interests.”
AB 173 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00 AM.
Mike Gatto represents Glendale, Burbank, and the Los Angeles communities of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Toluca Lake, and North Hollywood in the California State Assembly. He has served in the Assembly since June 2010

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