Marching Orders Blog: 3/13/18

An occasional update on the people and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking. 

Candidates

Fox News (yes, I know) has a decent breakdown of the Arizona 8th district special election, where LEAP Forward endorsed candidate Hiral Tipirneni advanced out of the Democratic primary to face Republican Debbie Lesko.

Lawmakers

Rep. Jamie Raskin will be meeting with students marching to the US Capitol as part of Wednesday's national school walkout in support of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

Legislation 

Speaking of the student-led efforts on gun reform, the Everett (WA) Herald has an editorial of encouragement today that highlights some wins and losses in the state legislature when it comes to the sort of actions the movement is pushing for, with a specific eye on what their state has - and hasn't - done:

And while the Washington Legislature did pass a ban on bump-stocks — the devices that effectively turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons — other legislation, specifically Senate Bill 6620, which would have raised the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons to 21, required state and federal background checks for purchase of those firearms and provided several school safety measures.
Nor did lawmakers give much consideration to legislation sought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson to ban “assault-style” firearms or to legislation sough repeatedly in recent years to require safe storage of firearms in homes with children.
Washington state’s lawmakers have concluded their work for this year, but that doesn’t limit the opportunity of students and others to press their case with legislators — state and national — many of whom will be running for re-election in the Aug. 7 primary and Nov. 6 general election.

Illinois Democrats - including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign SB 1657. 

Senate Bill 1657 would require criminal background checks for all gun shop employees. It would also require training to help gun shop employees identify a buyer purchasing a gun for someone else. Dealers and their employees would also have to take training to make sure they know how to properly conduct background checks, store guns and stop thefts.

Rauner has avoided saying whether he plans to sign the legislation into law.