State Week: Guns In Springfield, Labor In DC, Speaker Staying Put
A series of gun control measures advanced in the Illinois Statehouse this week — requiring state licenses for gun dealers, banning "bump stocks," and raising the purchase age for so-called assault weapons, among other bills.
In Washington, an Illinois case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Janus v. AFSCME challenges "fair share" fees for workers who are in collective bargaining units but don't want to join a union, and could have dire financial implications for public employee labor unions across the country.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Michael Madigan released a report with information on harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases handled by his government office. None of the other legislative caucuses — House Republicans, Senate Republicans, or Senate Democrats — followed suit. It still hasn't satisfied all his critics, but Madigan says he isn't going anywhere.
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