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 (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2017)

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    Virginia Human Rights Act: non-discrimination in employment & housing (HB 2129)

    My legislation would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity illegal with regard to employment, housing, and public accommodations. The law already covers covers race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, and status as a veteran. I plan to propose this extension to the act every year until it is passed.

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    Protecting transportation funding with a gradual fuel tax. (HB 2130)

    Due to the volatility of gas prices, transportation funding tied to fuel taxes is inconsistent and often insufficient.  HB 2130 would, in the Northern Virginian counties with a need for greater public transportation funding, allow for a gradual increase in the fuel tax as the price of gas goes down, capped at $0.14/gallon.  The tax will remain at the higher level once raised, so that long-term transportation funding is increased.

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    Funding Law Libraries (HB 2131)

    This bill would allow Alexandria to increase funding for law libraries by increasing the tax on lawsuits by up to $3.

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    Legislation (2016)

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    Strengthening Child Abuse Laws (HB 1009)

    Mark Levine offered a spirited defense, supported by several expert witnesses, of his effort to require judges to consider any abuse by either parent to any other human being when deliberating child custody cases. Unfortunately, House Republicans killed the bill despite powerful, personal testimony on this necessary legislation.

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    Require Paper Receipt After Voting (HB 1003)

    Mark Levine successfully defends HB 1003 before subcommittee; this revenue-neutral proposal would ensure that every voter in Virginia has a paper record of their vote. It was reported unanimously out of subcommittee.

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    Adoption of Successful California Family Medical Leave Act (HB 999)

    Mark Levine proposed that Virginia adopt a wildly successful plan from California that would have afforded Virginians paid leave for times when their families need them most - unfortunately Republicans once again sided with big business against working Virginians and their families.

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