Marching Orders Blog: 3/11/18

An occasional update of the people and bills LEAP Foward is tracking.

Candidates

Mark Kurkowski (endorsed in Indiana SD-1) is officially kicking off his campaign with an event on March 22.

Lawmakers

The Dickey Amendment has prevented the CDC from using money to "advocate or promote gun control" for more than two decades. Rep. John Sarbanes (100% score) and other Democrats sent a letter recently asking for a hearing to increase funding for research:

“Gun violence must be addressed and handled for what it is: a public health crisis,” the letter read. “However, the harmful ‘Dickey Amendment’ and its chilling effect on federally supported gun violence prevention research has stymied our ability to address gun violence.

Legislation

Illinois HB 1467, a statewide bump stock ban we are grading, has been passed by the Illinois House and is awaiting committee action in the state Senate. Meanwhile, SB 1657, a bill requiring state and federal licensing for gun dealers, passed both houses and has been sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner.