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
    (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Recount Procedures (HB 2133)

    In the case of a recount election in Virginia (whether local or statewide) HB 2133 would require 1% of each voting locality's ballots to be counted by hand and tested against two voting machines used at that location. If any results in that sample turn out to have been miscounted by the machine, it would trigger a full recount for that voting location.

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    Body Camera Policies (HB 2134)

    I firmly support police body cameras. In difficult situations involving use of force by law enforcement, it helps all of us to know exactly what happened so that justice can be served.

    In 2016 I introduced an ambitious bill on body cameras, with detailed requirements concerning use of cameras, storage of footage, etc.  This year's bill was minimal in an attempt to get all parties on board: if a police department chooses to implement body cameras, the bill would have required that the department have a written policy on body cameras adopted after public comment. Uniquely in an environment of distrust, my legislation was supported by both Virginia law enforcement and the NAACP.

    However, even this bare-bones policy met with skepticism, and the bill died once more in subcommittee. I will try again next year.

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    Medical Marijuana (HB 2135)

    Cannabinoid oils have been shown to cause apoptosis in cancer cells (killing them), and can be used in place of dangerous opioid drugs in treating pain for many ailments. I have introduced legislation to allow these oils to be used by cancer patients in Virginia, and will continue to advocate on this issue.

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    Presidential tax returns/Compliance with Constitution (HB 2444)

    I have proposed legislation requiring candidates for President of the United States to disclose 10 years of prior tax returns as well as any foreign gifts or emoluments (in order to demonstrate compliance with Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution). This would be a prerequisite for the candidate to be listed on the Virginia state ballot, and would otherwise have no binding force on the candidates.

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    Reporting Predatory Loans (HB 2445)

    Predatory loans would make the activities of those providing predatory sub-consumer loans in Virginia more transparent by requiring them to be licensed (as many other types of loans are already!)

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    Protecting free speech against intimidation lawsuits (HB 2446)

    When I joined other locals and protested the opening of a gun store in Arlington, the owners of the store sued us, hoping to intimidate us into being silent. When we didn't back down, they dismissed the lawsuit because they knew that they would lose. Since many people cannot afford the time & counsel to defend against frivolous lawsuits like this (known as SLAPPs) I have introduced legislation prohibiting lawsuits intended to prevent people from exercising their constitutional right to protest.

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    Allowing Virginians to re-elect future governors (HJ 699)

    Currently, citizens of 49 States can re-elect their governor if the job is being done well. Virginia is the only exception, and I have proposed to change this rule. My amendment would only apply to governors elected after it goes into effect, giving no partisan benefit to the last few governors who were Democrats.

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    Legislation (2016)

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

    Easing Access to Voting (HB 1004)

    Mark Levine fought for an easier voting process by allowing poll workers to photograph voters without photo identification, making their vote count right then rather than be a provisionally cast ballot. Republicans on the subcommittee killed the bill, continuing their history of attempting to restrict voting rights.

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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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