Representing Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax

Mark's Bills

I believe constituents have a right to know what their elected representatives are up to, particularly with regard to legislation they introduce. I plan to uphold what I call the Gold Standard of Transparency by directing my staff to video-record the proceedings on each of my bills as they come before subcommittee and committee. That way, every constituent can know exactly what was said and done on each of the 20 or so bills I introduce.  Scroll down to see my bills for the 2017 and 2016 sessions.

    Committee Assignments
    (2018)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Militia, Police and Public Safety

    (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2018)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Electronic Identity Management Act; federated digital identity systems (HB 1269)

    Amends the Electronic Identity Management Act to accommodate federated digital identity systems. A federated digital identity system (federation) is defined in the measure as a digital identity system that uses federated identity management to enable the portability of identity information across otherwise autonomous security domains. Federated identity management is defined in the measure as a process that allows the conveyance of identity credentials and authentication information across digital identity systems through the use of a common set of policies, practices, and protocols for managing the identity of users and devices across security domains. The digital identity systems involved in a federation are required to be compliant with the Commonwealth's identity management standards and with the provisions of the governing identity trust framework.

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    Appeal of involuntary admission order; possession of firearms (HB 1100)

    Provides that a person who is involuntarily admitted or ordered to mandatory outpatient treatment may not purchase, possess, or transport a firearm until his right to do so is restored by a court regardless of the outcome of any appeal of that order.

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    Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol; removal of Robert E. Lee statue (HB 1099)

    Creates the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol to provide for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol and to recommend to the General Assembly as a replacement a statue of a prominent Virginia citizen of historic renown or renowned for distinguished civil or military service to be commemorated in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

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    Removal of certain monuments and memorials (HB 1098)

    Provides that for any monument or memorial erected prior to 1900, notwithstanding any Act of Assembly regarding the preservation of monuments or memorials enacted prior to 1900, the governing body of the locality in which the monument or memorial is located may remove the monument or memorial to be prominently displayed in an outdoor location on the grounds of a locality-owned history museum that is located within one-quarter mile of the existing site, provided that the governing body has affirmatively voted to relocate the monument or memorial. However, if the monument or memorial is not owned by the locality, the owner of the monument or memorial shall be given an opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial within six months of notice from the locality. After six months, if the owner of such a monument or memorial declines the opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial in question, the locality shall be authorized to proceed with the relocation.

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    Individuals receiving services; right to unmonitored communication and access to 911 (HB 815)

    Provides that each individual receiving services in a hospital, training center, or other facility or program operated, funded, or licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall be allowed to send and receive sealed letter mail and make and receive at least one telephone call per week without such mail or call being monitored by the staff and shall be afforded access in emergency situations to a telephone to place 911 emergency service calls.

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    Control of firearms by localities; lawful demonstrations and protests (HB 814)

    Allows a locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits the possession, carrying, transporting, or storing of any weapon, firearm, ammunition, or components or combination thereof within 1,000 feet of a demonstration, march, parade, protest, rally, or other similar event. Such an ordinance shall not apply to any law-enforcement officer, armed security officer, member of the Armed Forces of the United States, member of the Armed Forces Reserves, or member of the National Guard acting in the performance of his lawful duties.

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    Custody and visitation agreements; best interests of the child; other violent abuse (HB 807)

    Custody and visitation agreements; best interests of the child; other violent abuse.

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    Legislation (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Removal of certain monuments or memorials for war veterans (HB 1097)

    Provides that upon the affirmative vote of a governing body of a locality in which a monument or memorial is located, the locality may relocate the monument or memorial to a museum of the locality's choice. However, if the monument or memorial is not owned by the locality, the owner of the monument or memorial shall be given an opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial within six months of notice from the locality. After six months, if the owner of such a monument or memorial declines the opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial in question, the locality shall be authorized to proceed with the relocation. The bill also repeals an 1890 Act of Assembly related to the placement of a statue in the City of Alexandria.

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    Paid family & medical leave for both parents. (HB 2126)

    Modeled on Kirsten Gillibrand's U.S. Senate bill, my legislation would support up to 60 days of family/medical leave at two thirds of normal income, at the cost of only 0.2% matching contributions by employees and employers.

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    Legislation (2016)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron Budget Request

    Bring Virginia into Federal Compliance (HB 1278)

    Appointing authority for Board of Directors of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Changes from the U.S. Administrator of General Services to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation the appointing authority for the two federal members of the Board of Directors of the Authority and their alternates. The change is made in the WMATA Compact found in Title 33.2 of the Code of Virginia in order to conform with federal law. The bill contains an emergency clause.

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    VA Human Rights Act (HB 1005)

    Mark Levine fought for the right of every human being to live without discriminatory practices - an ideal that the Republicans who killed the bill unfortunately aren't ready for.

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