Marching Orders Blog: 3/14/18

An occasional update on the candidates, lawmakers and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking.


Lane Siekman (LEAP Foward endorsed in IN-06) will be participating in a March 22 candidate forum on March 22 at 6:30 that will be carried by local radio channel 98.3 WZZY and streamed live at 


Rep. Steny Hoyer (100% score from LEAP Forward) says that he believes most Democrats will support the GOP's Stop School Violence Act, scheduled for a vote today in the House, but says "it is not a substitute for things that will make our society ... safer." The bill provides states with additional funding for violence prevention training

The caucus is unified in insisting that we deal with gun violence and we deal with the Dream Act, so I think everything tactically is still on the table right now. The outrage is growing in the country that we have almost universal consensus for a universal background check, and nothing’s happening, and we have to stop acting like a failed state.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin


The Washington state Legislature has adjourned its 2018 session, and unfortunately that means SB 6620, LEAP Forward-graded legislation that would have prohibited the purchase of semi-automatic rifles to people under the age of 21 and established a 10-day waiting period, had died for the time being. 

In Illinois, the state Senate is voting on three gun measures today, including HB 1467, a bump stock ban introduced by Rep. Martin Moylan. This comes a day after SB 1657, a bill passed by the state legislature to tighten licensing on gun dealers, was vetoed by Gov. Rauner. The legislature will attempt to override that veto this week.