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

    Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity (HB 401)

    Prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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    Local law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems (HB 402)

    Requires localities to adopt and establish a written policy for the operation of a body-worn camera system, as defined in the bill, that conforms to the model policy established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) prior to purchasing or deploying a body-worn camera system.

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    Voter registration; automatic voter registration (HB 403)

    Provides for the automatic electronic transmission by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Elections of certain information for any person coming into an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or accessing its website in order to (i) apply for, replace, or renew a driver's license, (ii) apply for, replace, or renew a special identification card, or (iii) change an address on an existing driver's license or special identification card if the Department of Motor Vehicles records indicate that he (a) is a United States citizen, (b) is 17 years of age or older, and (c) at the time of the transaction does not decline to have his information transmitted to the Department of Elections for voter registration purposes.

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    Open-end credit plans (HB 404)

    Prohibits a creditor from extending credit under an open-end credit plan at an annual rate that exceeds 36 percent unless the credit is extended by the seller of personal, family, or household goods for the sole purpose of financing the purchase price.

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    Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain crimes (HB 405)

    Prohibits a person who has been convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery or assault and battery where the victim is a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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    Guardianship; communication between incapacitated persons and others (HB 406)

    Prohibits a guardian of an incapacitated person from restricting such incapacitated person's ability to communicate with, visit, or interact with other persons with whom the incapacitated person has expressed a desire to communicate with, visit, or interact with, or with whom the incapacitated person has an established relationship.

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    Animal shelters; administration of Schedule VI biological products (HB 424)

    Provides that a public or private animal shelter may purchase, possess, and administer certain Schedule VI biological products for the purpose of preventing, controlling, and treating certain communicable diseases that failure to control would result in transmission to the animal population in the shelter and may administer such biological products only pursuant to written protocols.

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    Legislation (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Considering any abuse in custody cases (Tyler’s Law). (HB 2128)

    This bill would allow courts in Virginia to consider a history of non-family child abuse and domestic violence by one of the parties when determining the custody of the child.  Family abuse is already considered. It gets its name from the courageous, eloquent young man who has testified in favor of the bill below. We came very close in 2017, and I will continue to bring this legislation forward until it is passed.
     

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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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    Legislation (2016)

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

    Proposes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana in Virginia (HB 997)

    Virginia State Delegate Mark Levine proposed that non-violent drug possession offenders get one chance to remove their charge from their records so they could apply for jobs years later. Republicans on the Committee defeated the bill on a party-line vote.

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    Budget Amendments for law-enforcement agencies (HB 998)

    Mark Levine offered a budget amendment to direct funds in the budget to local law enforcement agencies for body cameras.

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