Marching Orders Blog: 3/22/18

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

Candidates

LEAP Forward-endorsed candidate Ezra Nanes (Pennsylvania SD 34) will officially launch his campaign on April 4. Nanes, Director of Business Development for AccuWeather, faces incumbent Republican Jake Corman in November. 

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a good story on the attempted Democratic takeover of historically red Gwinnett County, an attempt that includes (so far) one LEAP Forward endorsee, Donna McLeod (HD-105). McLeod has a rematch this fall with Joyce Chandler, and came up short two years ago by less than a point. 

Joseph Kopser (LEAP Foward endorsed in TX-21) recorded an episode of the "50 Shades of Blue" podcast that can be heard HERE

Lawmakers

We sympathise. We empathise. We have moments of silence. But we don’t have action. Wringing our hands is not enough.
— Steny Hoyer

Rep. Jamie Raskin will be hosting a rally prior to Saturday's March for Our Lives rally in DC and is organizing transportation to the event from Silver Spring, MD. 

Legislation

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Oregon residents may have an opportunity to vote this fall on a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, thanks to the filing of Initiative Petition 42 by an interfaith group in Portland. The group needs 88,000 signatures by July 6. Full text of the initiative is available HERE

Good news from Delaware, where the state House has passed HB 330, legislation that raises the minimum age for purchase or transfer of a firearm from 18 to 21, with certain exceptions. The bill now moves to the Senate Judicial and Community Affairs Committee. LEAP Forward has graded support on that vote and will continue to grade all future action on this bill as it moves through the legislative process. 

In Hawaii, a symbolic bill requesting Congress not enact Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation will be heard in committee this week. The legislation, HR 29 and HCR 37 has already been passed by the Public Safety and Military Affairs committee and will now be heard by the Judiciary committee. LEAP Forward is grading action on these bills and urging support.

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California has passed two pieces of gun regulation legislation out of committee this week. The Public Safety Committee passed AB 1927 unanimously and AB 2103 with bipartisan support and sent both bills to Appropriations for further action. AB 1927 would "develop and launch a secure Internet-based platform to allow a person who resides in California to voluntarily add his or her own name to the California Do Not Sell List," and AB 2103 strengthens concealed carry requirements. LEAP Forward is grading both bills and urging support.