Reducing Gun Violence – April 17, 1PM, Steps of State House

In Massachusetts, candidate for Governor Steve Grossman will be debating Jim Wallace, Executive Director of the NRA Mass. Affiliate – GOAL (Gun Owners Action League) at the steps of the State House Thursday on the subject of appropriate state gun safety laws.  1 p.m., Thursday, April  17.    Grossman has been challenging other candidates to speak out on the issue of gun laws and specifically supports the limitation our coalition has sought of only one gun a month as a way of reducing bulk sales and trafficking in guns.   Members of the Massachusetts Coalition Against Gun Violence would welcome support of this legislation from all the candidates for Governor.

Former New York city Mayor Michael Boomberg has indicated that he will spend $50 million in grassroots efforts to pass meaningful gun legislation this year.  Moms Demand Action  – one of our Massachusetts coalition members — will be working with Bloomberg  and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group established by Bloomberg and our own Thomas Menino, former mayor of Boston.  The new partnership will be known as Every Town for Gun Safety and will specifically work to elect legislators who have gun violence as one of their top priorities.

Thanks for all you do.  Give a call to our office if you want to be more involved in efforts to reduce gun violence and to pass common sense gun laws.  617-227-3000.  or  jalsaoffice@gmail.com.    Sheila Decter

Gas Leaks bill now no. 3873

To follow the current status see H3873

 

 

 

The version of the bill that emerged in the Senate (S.2073) was weaker and less comprehensive than the environmental community had hoped.  There will be several amendments offered.  To ensure the bill is strong, please encourage your senator to support the amendments that Senator Eldridge and Senator Creem have filed.  Call your senator and these other significant persons this morning:  Your Senator , Call the Switchboard at 617-722-1276 to be connected or look it up at www.wheredoIvotema. or www.malegislature.gov.   Senator Steven Brewer, Chairman, Senate Ways and Means,   617-722-1540.  Senator Ben Downing, Chairman, Senate Committee on Telecom, Utilities & Energy  617-722-1625.  Senate President Therese Murray, 617-722-1500,

Suggested Call Script: “Hi, my name is ___ and I am calling in regards to S2073, the gas leaks bill. The vote on this bill is Today and we need a stronger bill. I am concerned about the thousands of gas leaks in Massachusetts because of the damage to our environment, threat to public safety and cost to consumers. I am asking Senator ______ to support changes that increase transparency, ensure more leaks get repaired, and take action on climate change. In particular, I am asking your office to support amendments filed by Senators Eldridge and Creem.    Will Senator ____ work to strengthen this bill?  Thank you for your time.”

Thank you for all that you do,  Sheila Decter

WEAK GAS LEAKS BILL

Senator Eldridge is filing these amendments. Please encourage your senator to support them. Please let Erica (ericar.jalsa@gmail.com) know who you called and any response you received.
   The present bill is not comprehensive to our safety and environmental standards; only gas leaks in Class 1 or Class 2 are addressed, there is no mention of Class 3 gas leaks. This needs to be changed.
The version of the gas leaks bill that emerged today in the Senate (S.2073) was weaker and less comprehensive than the environmental community had hoped. The Senate President has allowed senators to file to amendments up until to noon Friday, March 28.
     To ensure the bill is strong, please encourage your senator to support the amendments that Senator Eldridge is filing.
      Here is a sample script for the call. If you’d like, add in why you are passionate about this issue.   “Hello, My name is (your name), and I live in the senator’s district. I am disappointed with the gas leaks bill that came out today, S.7023. I am calling to encourage Senator (your senator’s name) to support the amendments that Senator Eldridge is proposing so that the bill can be stronger and more comprehensive for improving gas leaks.  Thank you.”
       If you want to get more specific, you can say: “Hello, My name is (your name), and I live in the senator’s district. I am disappointed with the gas leaks bill that came out today, S.7023. I am calling to encourage Senator (your senator’s name) to support the amendments that Senator Eldridge is proposing so that the bill can be stronger and more comprehensive for improving gas leaks. Specifically, the bill needs to address repairing all classes of gas leaks (not just class 1 and 2) to be in accordance with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. As an environmentalist, I believe these amendments are crucial to include in the passing of this bill. Thank you.”
 A deeper look: What the environmental community is specifically looking for:- Amendments that address the repairing all gas leaks, if they are within 50 feet of a school zone, nursing home, healthcare facility, governmental building or subway/train station;  when road projects are done, and work is already being done to repair some of the gas leaks
   - An amendment to Section 4 of the bill. This section deals with expansion of natural gas line infrastructure (replacing the old with new). This amendment calls for this expansion to be in accordance with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008.
 Thank you for all that you do,  Sheila Decter

Action Alert: Preventing Gun Violence

To make sure ALL of our Priorities are included in the bill.

 It’s time to call our own representatives again and urge them to talk to the Speaker.  Thank you to those of you who made calls to legislators last week.
We need at least another 25 calls from JALSA members Today

 We are hopeful that 4 of the 5 coalition priorities** will be included in a gun safety bill in the coming weeks. We are also hopeful that the door is not yet closed on our 5th priority: limiting handgun purchases to one handgun a month. A one-handgun-a-month law would prevent traffickers from purchasing large quantities of guns for illegal resale. One handgun a month laws have been successful in other states.  We want to make sure the Speaker hears: 1. how important it is to get this bill out, and 2. how important it is that a limit to one handgun a month be in the bill.

Please call your Representative to make this message clear (tel 617-722-2500). Below are the priorities. Please let Erica (ericar.jalsa@gmail.com) know who you called and any response you received. Stay tuned for more information as the pace picks up. We may need to make more calls as soon as next week.    This is the moment.  And, get ready to make this message even more clear at an important day of action in the coming weeks. Tentative Date:   April 3rd at 10AM at the Statehouse. More info to come.

Thank you all for your hard work and commitment to this issue,

Sheila Decter

**Priorities:
 1. Background checks at every sale, including private sales, gun shows and over the internet
 2. Share records of adjudicated commitments for mental health and substance abuse with the  National Instant Check System 
 3. Expanding the suitability standard to FID cards (long-gun and rifle licenses)
 4. Limiting individual sales to 1 handgun per month
 5. Requiring law enforcement to decipher where a gun came from every time it’s used in a crime