SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto said Monday he will introduce a bill next year on the state's probate code. However, what that bill is going to say is still to be determined -- not by the the assemblyman, but by online input.
Gatto (D-Los Angeles) said he plans to craft the legislation using public participation on an online wiki. The process is inspired by the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, which allows users to submit and edit articles.
"This is a great way for people to have a voice in their government," Gatto said in a statement. "Too often, special-interest groups draft legislation. In contrast, 'crowdsourcing' a bill on the Wiki platform will allow for a fully transparent brainstorming, drafting, and editing process that will incorporate ideas from a large group of people. The collective wisdom of the public will choose the final product."
The measure is to propose changes to the state's probate code, which governs how a deceased person's assets are distributed.
"We wanted to select some area of the law where there were a large number of people who were very, very well-versed in it -- people who already had some ideas they wanted to submit but didn’t know how," Gatto said in an interview Monday.